“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matt. 5:13)
If we are chasing our own plans, goals, and ambitions, or that of the worlds, we lose our saltiness. “Jesus also uses a graphic image - how can true salt stop being salt?” the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible informs, “Jesus compares a disciple who does not live out the values of the kingdom with unsalted salt -salt that cannot fulfill its purpose.” This begs us to consider if we are being complacent in obeying God’s directives. The Amplified Bible translates, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery.]” Jesus uses the salt analogy to teach His followers, and believers today, to submit our agendas to Him so that we may not lose our saltiness, nor the privilege of becoming a vessel of God’s love to those around us.