Salt can’t lose its flavor without outside influence; something has to be added to salt to take away its saltiness. In the same way, the everyday influence of the world on a Christian’s life can whittle away at our saltiness if we’re not careful. Some would even say that this verse may imply that you can lose your salvation. The parable of the sower mentions that the cares of the world will make soil unfruitful (Mt 13). But, to sit around and figure out what would cause us to lose our saltiness or salvation only gives us the comfort of knowing the boundary so that we can stay away from it. Living in fear is not the abundant life.
How about we start a Saltiness Recovery class? No one would show up. We’re either blind or embarrassed by the condition of our heart.
Wouldn’t it be better to figure out how to maintain our saltiness instead? Based on the parable of the sower, I would say there are two things that need to be protected to maintain our saltiness: our soil and surroundings. We make the soil of our heart and mind fertile through the disciplines of prayer, study, and reading and meditating on God’s word. Then, surrounding ourselves regularly with like-minded believers helps build strong relationships with people who will help keep us salty and tell us when we are less than salty.
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