“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 ~ Matthew 5:13.
Surely everyone knows salt is a food preservative and also enhances flavor in food. “It is recommended to consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day which is slightly more than one teaspoon of salt.” Despite health warnings the average consumption is at least twice the recommended daily intake.
Today’s topic is about spiritual S.A.L.T? In July, I was afforded an opportunity to speak at Legrand Church of Christ Women’s Day Program in Montgomery, Alabama. Their theme was “S.A.L.T.” (Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth). This is a great theme to dig deeper in the Bible to understand the importance of Christian women being light in a dark world.
There are no restrictions with this spiritual S.A.L.T. As a matter of fact, it is highly recommended that we excessively indulge daily in reading, meditating, understanding and obeying God’s laws for our soul salvation. Also, we are commanded to Go! Teach! and flavor the world with biblical truth.
Sadly, many are straddling the fence and following the masses returning to the world like Demas. “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world…” ~ II Timothy 4:10. Be mindful that willful sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remain no more sacrifice for sins ~ Hebrews 10:26.
I Timothy 4:12 tells us how to be examples?” Be thou an example of the believers, (1) in word; (2) in conversation; (3) in charity; (4) in spirit; (5) in faith; and (6) in purity.”
Example in Word. “Let our speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” ~ Colossians 4:6. Our words should encourage and inspire others including on social media. Facebook, Instagram and other social sites are great platforms to share the gospel and to stay in touch with family and friends. Ecclesiastes 5:2 and James 1:19 compliment each other that we are not to be rash with our mouth and to let our words be few, to be swift to hear and slow to speak.
Example in Conversation. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” ~ 1 Peter 1:15. We should uplift, edify and encourage one another in our conversations, and not give impressions of living contrary to biblical instructions. I have learned to choose my words wisely in conversations. Otherwise, we fall into the category of Matthew 15:8, which tells us that these types of people draw nigh unto the Lord with their mouth, and honor Him with their lips; but their heart is far from Him.
Example in Charity. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” ~ I Corinthians 13:13. Jesus showed love to everyone and even asked God to forgive those who crucified Him. Wow! I recently had a conversation and was told that friendly association with those outside the Body of Christ is a sin. I asked the question was Jesus in sin having dinner with sinners in Matthew 9:11-12, “It is not the healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick.” We all know Jesus never sinned; therefore, friendly association does not mean we are yoked with unbelievers, or that we are following them in wrongdoing, but rather developing a rapport to lead them to Christ.
Example in Spirit. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” ~ Galatians 5:25. The striking beauty of our godly spirit could win souls of unbelieving husbands, families, coworkers, friends and acquaintances. Our spirit should show the love we have for the Lord. Remember, “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ do not belong to Christ” ~ Romans 8:9.
Example in Faith. So, then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” ~ Romans 10:17. What is that faith? “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” ~ Hebrews 11:1. A great faith exemplified chapter to read is Hebrews Chapter 11.
Example in Purity. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation” ~ Psalm 24:4-5. Purity is defined as freedom from all forms of immorality. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and must be treated with respect and reverence glorifying God. We are to be pure in body, mind, and spirit. It is imperative that we are not deceived by the world in believing impropriety is ok. We are not of this world and must be free from worldly influence.
Sis, remain steadfast in the Lord. Be the light that cannot be dimmed and pledge your allegiance to God.
In conclusion, live by the laws of God without adding and subtracting from them ~ Proverbs 30:6; Deuteronomy 4:2; and Deuteronomy 12:32. For those thinking these are Old Testament scriptures that we do not live by, read Revelation 22:18-19.
Sis, “How do you want to be remembered? Defined by the world or refined by the Word of God.” ~ Tangie T. Woods