Now that we believe in The Lord Jesus Christ…that He is the risen Son of God; the Holy Spirit enters us, filling that once empty “God Space” in our very core.
HE comes with a particular piece of tableware. A salt shaker. An empty salt shaker.
We now have another choice to make. Will we be ” believers” in name only? Or will we continue on with Him…maturing, growing closer to Him, beginning to think…like Him? (For we are told that we are now the “salt of the earth.” What is the source of this salt that we are to carry with us? Where do we fill up? Well, He provides us with our daily allotment, through reading and immersing ourselves in the Book. In His word. In…The Word, which is Christ Himself.)
That decision also comes with an understanding that we will then be huge targets for Satan’s arrows. The adversary likes those who “believe” in name only, for they are no threat to him. But the ones who decide to fill that salt shaker can upset his apple cart, and so…we must be prepared to be on the receiving end of many trials and tribulations. (Depression. Illness. Family turmoil. To name a few.)
Having decided to move with Him, now we must get some salt into the shaker. It must be ground down and refined…the flakes small enough to pass through the little holes in the cap of that container. Those trials…those fits of sorrow…those life altering events…are the millstones that are grinding our salt supply into the proper form. The form that enables us to carry out the commandment to be salty saints!
When we first take in or ingest the Word…it must be utilized by our system in such a way as to make it usable for export. For changing that originally rough clump of salt into a sprinkable form of savor.
Salt is a purifier. A sanitizer. A preserver. (Think of salt cured hams…Southern style.) It heals. (Sore throat? Salt dissolved in hot water and gargled will often do the trick.) It is medicinal. (Thyroid problems? Iodine is mixed with salt to prevent one form of thyroid disease.) A regulator. A diuretic. We cannot live without salt. It is essential. But too much…is toxic. It must be measured out accordingly. (Are you talking to a baby believer? A few grains of salt is enough for him or her. A hardened un-believer? Perhaps a pouring…which will cause a sting. Salt…stings.)
In the sacrifices of the Temple, salt was a requirement.
Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
(We are now a living sacrifice since we have given over our bodies to The Lord. And as such…we must be….salted!)
Salt was an exchange item. Soldiers were often paid in salt. Do you know anyone who is “worth their weight in salt?”
It formed a covenant. In Jesus’ day, sharing a meal indicated a “salt covenant” between host and guest. While the guest stayed in the host’s home…his safety was guaranteed.
Think of this. The shepherds in the fields, guarding their flocks of sheep…were told that they would find the baby Jesus “swaddled and lying in a manger.” Swaddled new-borns…even the sacrificial lambs that were used for the Temple offerings (how appropriate!) were first, right after birth…salted. Rubbed all over with salt, thus cleansing and purifying them. Then they were wrapped in strips of material, keeping them still and warm.
Jesus Christ….was salted!
We cannot live without salt. It is life.
When we speak to a person who is steeped in un-belief…our very presence is an offense to them, for they know who we are. Our words..are like salt on an open wound to them, for…they sting! And they are supposed to sting. That open wound pain reminds them of who they are, and what they lack. Yet…there we are..gently yet persistently sprinkling that salt shaker all over them. We are commanded to do so.
When Elisha was told about the foul water in Jericho, he immediately asked for a “new” cruse; one just made by the potter… to contain salt that he would empty into the headwaters and so purify that river. Not only was the water made sweet…but the curse upon it was also lifted.
2Ki 2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.
We, who are now new creatures in Christ, are those new cruses. Made by the Master Potter. And as such…we have a “whole lot of shakin'” to do. (With the proper discernment, of course!)
So, when in the throes of your trials..remember that your salt shaker is being filled. The salt is being refined and made pourable. The grain size..dependent on your reaction to each “millstone” event in your life. (Remember the ad…”When it rains, it pours…Morton Salt!”)
Even when enveloped in tears…allow the salt to pour out.
It is in our job description now to do so. Our “Employer” has given the command. We represent Him by being a salty saint. It is also the evidence to those around us…that we belong to Jesus Christ.
Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Have you left anyone 💫 thirsty 💫 lately?
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
(Notice that “if the salt has lost HIS savor”…it does not say “it’s savor…it says…”His savor.” More food for thought.)
Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.