How can you retain your saltiness in today’s world? With so many negative conditions and forces against us, it takes concentrated effort to maintain our daily influential walk. Despite how difficult it is, our efforts are well worth it!
Consider the impact of Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the Earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.” Another way Mark 9:50 recorded Jesus’ words is, “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” As Paul says in Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
A recent ice cream making experience prompted me to think about the effect of salt when added to ice water. Salt carries out an important task – lowering the freezing point of water. A Web search explains it simply: “Salt water (NaCl) freezes at a lower temperature than pure water (H20) because of its chemical properties. Normally for water to freeze, the H and O have to bond. However, the presence of salt in the water makes it harder for the H and O to bond together. The salt does not naturally bond with the ice and because the salt particles replace the water particles, the rate of freezing drops.”
With less salt and more ice, the ice melts and becomes a solution; the salt no longer is evident to the eye, but it is still present. A simple taste test would prove that! However, when the solution of higher proportion of salt to water ratio was frozen again into solid ice, it no longer produced a solid block as before, but a crystallized mass. The frozen solution is a mixture of separate salt crystals and ice crystals. That crystallized mass was easy to crush and break apart even by hand. The salt water mass was even colder to the touch than the plain ice cubes had previously been.
Now, consider how SALT changes our lives. The presence of “salt” makes it harder for the influences of the world to bond with us. It does not allow us to become a part of the world, but affects our influence and changes others. Amazing that the high proportion of “salt” in a frozen situation can easily break up the hard conditions, to shatter into crystallized fragments.
It only takes a little effort to maintain your saltiness in a challenging world:
- Start the day with meditating on God’s goodness
- Remain in the Word, using scripture to guide your ways
- Focus on memorizing verses to overcome the world
- Carry the thoughts throughout the day and look for applications
- Begin the day singing a hymn of worship or praise
- Keep a song in your heart
- Make an effort to bond and associate with and be supported by fellow believers
- Seek prayer support for difficult situations
- Be quick to forgive others and not judge, lest you be judged
- Be conscious of God’s presence and working around you
- Pray over all needs immediately
- Listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to you
- Be obedient to His leading
- Speak up to apply God’s word to life circumstances
- Smile – God is in control!