“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:13a, 14a
Greetings fellow sojourners! One thing I am learning while on this walk of faith is to not be satisfied with the status quo. It helps to push yourself to love more today than yesterday, yield yourself more fully to Christ more today than yesterday, strive to lean into the truth of the Word more today than yesterday, and so forth. You must direct your mind to it if you intend for it to be accomplished.
During our stay under the sun, we are to be salt to the earth and light to the world. We are here to be a blessing. As Christ’s disciples, we are to be the ‘salt’ and “to circulate among and purify the corrupted mass of mankind by heavenly doctrines and holy examples” (Word Study Dictionary) and we are to do this by way of wisdom and prudence. Think of it as seasoning those around us with the savor of Christ. Salt keeps things pure and saves from corruption (it is the agent by which meat is preserved). If we merely profess our religion it is fit for nothing. As the rest of the verse states, “if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.”
The word “taste” in this verse implies someone acting as a simpleton; acting passively as if they did not know what to do. If salt loses its taste it no longer remains for the purpose for which it exists. The antonym of the Greek word moraino which is translated as ‘taste’ here is sophroneo and means to act with a sound mind. So instead of refraining from seasoning creation with the savor of Christ as if we did not even know how, we behave with the sound mind God gave us and salt the earth as He intended for us to do.