Has Your Salt Lost Its Flavor?

One year my husband and I decided to start the new year with a detox diet. I bought the cookbook, and together we shopped for the natural ingredients we’d be eating. The diet included a variety of good foods, so it didn’t look too difficult. But the detox banned one small ingredient I’ll never take for granted again—salt.

Since I have a strong sweet tooth, I didn’t think leaving off salt for 28 days would be that big of a deal. Boy was I wrong! Have you ever eaten a baked potato without salt? This gave me a new appreciation of salt’s flavor enhancing properties.

Jesus called His followers “salt.” When He used this metaphor, He warned against becoming tasteless salt.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men” (Matthew 5:13 NASB 1995).

That begs the question, what does it mean to be tasteless salt? Or better yet, how do we become tasty salt that makes people thirsty to know more about our Lord?

 

What Makes Salt Tasty?

We call the verses preceding the verse on salt, the beatitudes. Since context matters, it seems that before we can become flavorful there must be a time when we recognize our poverty of spirit before God. In other words, at some time we become aware that we need a Savior. This produces mourning over sin and what our sin cost Jesus.

I well remember that time in my own life. In a little chapel at Epworth by the Sea, the gospel pierced my middle-school heart. Like the disciple Peter, when I realized what my sin had done to Jesus and what He’d done for me, I couldn’t stop the tears. Soon, tears gave way to joy. Jesus loved me!

In the beatitudes, salvation produces gentleness, mercy, purity, and peace-seeking. In other words, salty people are those who are becoming more like Jesus. They pursue righteousness and purity. They don’t pick fights to win souls or put people down to make a point.

Strong words without a transformed heart produce tasteless salt that repels people instead of drawing them to Jesus. This applies to how we treat our children and family members too.

I’ve seen people, who use common courtesy in normal conversations, be rude when expressing their biblical beliefs to unbelievers. That is also tasteless. Throughout the New Testament, we’re admonished not to argue, but to gently correct in the hope that God might grant repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Salty Christians consistently demonstrate trusting faith in Jesus. Even when suffering persecution for their faith, they find joy and eternal hope in their relationship with Jesus.

Just one day spent with Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, cofounders of Voice of the Martyrs, forever changed my life. How could someone who’d suffered so much pain and loss exhibit so much joy? A life that reflects Jesus through loss and injustices creates a hunger and thirst for God in those who are watching.

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I experienced this in college when a group of believers continued to thank God through a series of disappointments. That same weekend, I marveled when a man shrugged off the loss of his class ring. I knew Jesus as my Savior, but I lacked their peace.

People need to see the evidence of a changed life before they want to hear our words (1 Peter 3:8-16). A salty life reveals a Savior worth knowing.

 

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Whose salty life makes/made you thirsty to know Christ better? Have you ever been turned off by how someone expressed their faith? What makes one salty and another offensive? How much of saltiness is related to a person’s essence?

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.” (1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT)
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“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?” (2 Cor. 2:14-16 NASB 1995).
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“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Col. 4:6 NASB 1995).

I just learned Little Strength, Big God is a finalist for two more awards. Glory to God!

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Lisa Blair

    May our essence draw others to Christ, Debbie, instead of pushing them away from Him. You have beautiful insights into our relationship with Christ, Believers and unbelievers. Congratulations on being a finalist for two awards. Woohoo! I’m celebrating with you!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Thank you, Lisa! And yes, may our essence draw people to our Lord.

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  2. Jerralea Winn Miller

    May my actions and speech be seasoned with salt.
    I’ve always believed if we are filled with more of Jesus, we would be irresistible to others!
    Congratulations on your book being a finalist for two more awards. Well done!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Thank you, Jerralea. And I agree. Being filled with Jesus accomplishes more than a clever answer.

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  3. Barbara Latta

    Debbie, I would rather have a salty snack than a sweet one. If that salt is missing boy you do know it. I don’t want my life to be that flat and tasteless. That verse does speak to me thst I need to know how to answer my faith but with gentleness. Thank for sharing these heartfelt Scriptures that motivate us to seek Christ not self.

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Barbara, my husband is the salt guy in our home. I’ve always been glad we like different snacks so we don’t tempt each other! Thanks so much for adding your thoughts.

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  4. Ann

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    My grandmother walked the walk and definitely impacted me for the Lord. I pray I can do the same for my grandchildren.

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Ann, I love that. Having a close family member model Jesus is priceless! I’m sure you do this for your grandchildren.

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  5. Barbara Harper

    A woman in my church that I called m,y spiritual mom was like that for me. I wished I could sit at her feet and soak up her wisdom and sweet spirit. Thanks for these specific examples. I agree, I’ve seen too many handle their beliefs in ways that are repellent rather than ways that draw people to the Lord. The gospel will cause offense to those who won’t receive it, but we don’t need to put barriers in people’s way by being offensive in how we share.

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  6. Debbie Wilson

    Barbara, I like how you described your spiritual mom. You wanted to “soak up her wisdom and sweet spirit.” That describes a salty life. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Yvonne Morgan

    I want to be the right kind of salty Christian. Thanks Debbie for reminding me.

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  8. Janet Conner

    Congratulations Debbie!
    See you on ZOOM.
    Sent you a question via email.

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  9. Linda Goldfarb

    Congratulations on your finalist award!
    Thank you for this post, there’s so much to take away.
    This… “Strong words without a transformed heart produce tasteless salt that repels people instead of drawing them to Jesus. This applies to how we treat our children and family members too” is food for thought indeed!

    Thank you

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    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Linda! And congrats to you too!

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  10. Katherine Pasour

    I think I’ll view salt from a different perspective now. Although I’m familiar with the words Jesus shared about salt, your message covers so many more facets thank what I had considered before. Thank you for your focus on this scripture and such an informative application.

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    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Katherine, the scripture is so rich. We can mind it deeper and deeper. God bless.

      Reply

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