Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day 14 to 19 Unhappy: Salt of the earth

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." (Matthew 5:13)

Have you ever stopped to think why we're compared to the salt of the earth?

Salt is fundamental for existence: it's used as a preservative, it conserves food and gives it flavor, isn't that true? Salt contains several special qualities and, I'd like to focus on two: firstly, the capability to make the difference and influence other elements, altering its flavor (identity, spiritually speaking) and secondly, the capability to not become contaminated and at the same time stopping other elements from contaminating with the corruption (sin) of this world, making their current states preserved and free from contamination. 

But there's one thing, salt can only fulfill with its full potential if it's diffused and physically mixed with other elements. If salt is purely alone it cannot execute its power and importance!

Being the "salt of the earth" means being discreet and at the same time essential. As a seasoning, salt is indispensable in the preparation of numerous dishes. On one side, without it, food becomes bland and loses flavor. On the other hand, an excess amount of salt can spoil the whole dish, making it inedible. Salt has to be used in a reasonable amount. Alone, it really makes no difference but it's an ingredient that can by no means be substituted. 

What does this have to do with us? A lot!

Being the salt of the earth is being a true Christian, someone who gives flavor, an atmosphere with the presence of a true Christian has to be good, amazing, and as tasteful as possible. When we understand this, we learn to not be shy to show our Jesus to others, we don't 'go with the flow' of this earth... we're simply different!

From today until Wednesday, you will observe your attitudes in front of people around you and will detect attitudes that have been to much, attitudes that have caused a bad testimony and you will eliminate them... you want to be the salt of the earth? You want to save souls? So start by looking inside yourself, working on your bad habits and attitudes and you'll automatically be save souls without being forceful, and the Holy Spirit will work in you and in the ones observing you. 

"A servant that has the same characteristics as God does not only do His work, but overall, His will."