Jesus Christ makes mention and reference to His people as sheep in Psalms 100:3.
I often wonder how we see ourselves as Gods people? When we are together in the company of other believers it seems that getting along is difficult because we disagree on so much and the danger in this is, how the world perceives us.
Perception is everything, if one perceives they can trust you, they will act accordingly.
If someone perceives that danger is present that will act according to what they are convinced of.
You don't need many spoken facts to acquire the perception of a matter, just observe long enough and what you see often tells enough of the story.
There was a time when Christians were a people of distinct character and manner.
You could spot a believer by their speech and their conduct.
Their work ethic was remarkable, they were the best tenants in an apartment, their kids were good kids.
When in the company of many people and their was confusion and turmoil, you could always tell the believers from the non-believers by how they conducted themselves with confidence and peace in the center of confusion, they were distinct in their actions and behavior.
Here in the USA, we seem to have drifted far from being the salt of the earth, we've drifted far from being different and we can act as if we don't know Christ.
We blend in with the world, we curse like everyone else, we dress like everyone else and everyone is claiming to be a Christian.
We speed on the way to church, weave in and out of traffic, are rude in public and their is no difference between the believer and the non believer.
Maybe we are just distracted and need to refocus.
Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth.
But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
T) Jesus is recorded as saying to His disciples, "You are the salt of the earth.
Although used as a metaphor, it has significance to you, the believer.
When you take a look at what Christ was saying in Matthew 5:13 in making reference to us as salt, one can write a book on some of the uses of salt, but here is the short list that I believe will help us to understand the metaphor used in scripture:
- Salt preserves: In ancient times salt was used to preserver meat.
When salt is applied, it will remove the liquid (fluids) from the meat and bacteria that will cause the meat to spoil can not grow in the absence of moisture.
Salt is necessary for life: All known creatures need it to survive, yes humans too.
- Salt also has some great household, medical and industrial uses but, I don't want to stray away from what scripture is trying to get us to grab hold of, Gods people are the salt of the earth.
- Salt has a distinct, noticeable flavor, salt has the ability to enhance the flavor of any food, especially meat (salt makes thing good).
Salt will make you thirsty and we want to make the world thirsty about the things of God.
Our purpose was not to just attend a church meeting, pay a tithes, speak in tongues and dance in the spirit then and go back out to blend in with the world.
There are many references to salt in scripture, it was required in a scarifies, in one scripture, we are told to have salt in ourselves.
Be that SALT of the earth, in your community, in your place of worship.
Don't compromise, you did not leave God in the building when the users locked to door, He's with you everywhere you go.
Love one another, be kind to one another, exhort one another, pray for one another, call someone on the phone and encourage them, that's what believers do.