Matthew 5:13 – 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 underfoot by men.
As Jesus addresses the multitudes, He is speaking to the people of the Nation that God had chosen to impact all the other nations by pointing them to Jehovah, the redeeming God. They started out as “salt” when God made the promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses led the enslaved people out of Egypt to receive God’s Law at Mount Sinai. Joshua then led them into the land of promise to be God’s hand of judgment and an example to the nations of what it is like to serve the living God and not idols. The Holy Spirit of God made the people of Israel “salt” to the nations.
They were still called to be the salt of the earth when their Messiah came to revive them by becoming the sacrifice for their sins and healing their land. All they needed to do was receive and believe on their Messiah and then receive the promise of the coming Holy Spirit. Only a remnant of Israel trusted Christ by believing the Scriptures through preaching. On the Day of Pentecost, a handful believed and received the Holy Spirit which Jesus poured out upon them. This was the beginning of a revived Israel whom Jesus called “My Church” (Matthew 16:18). Through the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom, many Gentiles also believed and were included in this work of the Holy Spirit. The whole book of Acts tells the story of this great revival of God and the salty people He raised up by the work of the Holy Spirit.
The work of the Spirit continues today, as both Jewish people and Gentiles are coming to Christ. We are called the salt of the earth. As it was then, so it is today. We need a revival of our saltiness. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you salty so you can be the preservative He has ordained you to be.
Father, I ask you to show me any areas of my life that are not salty as you have purposed. Keep me from being “good for nothing.” Fill me with your Holy Spirit, allowing Your life to overflow in all I do.