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.Matthew 5:13
The salt is me, with the Holy Spirit and the word dwelling in me. If I lose the Holy Spirit and word, by way of not continuously asking God to fill me with the Holy Spirit and not reading and reviewing the Bible and who God is and what He wants, then I will lose my saltiness. If I stop my fellowship with Christ – I will lose my saltiness.
And anyone who loses his saltiness becomes useless and is worthy of being thrown out, overlooked, stepped on and rendered as dust – especially if they have known salvation and have received grace. It is our responsibility to keep on going to Christ on a daily basis, just as we go to the kitchen on a daily basis, and fill ourselves up with spiritual nourishment.
It makes me think about another place in the gospels, which shows again, that having saltiness and bearing fruit are essentials when we are in Christ:
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”Luke 13:6-9
If I am not bearing fruit in Christ, because I am not continuously asking him to fill me, then I will be cut down. If I do not want to be cut down, if it is not my time to be cut down, then I need to tend to my life and tend to Christ living in me, so that I can bear fruit and retain saltiness.
Also, if there are areas and things in my life that are not bearing fruit and that I cannot attend to, then these things will be cut down and thrown out of my life. In fact, if there is anything in my life that I am doing that is not fruitful and that I cannot maintain, I had better just get rid of it myself and focus on the areas that I can maintain.
Heavenly father, I thank you for your word and clear evidence that it is your desire for me to maintain saltiness and bear fruit. Help me, again, to remain in you and continuously come to you for nourishment. Also, if there is any area in my life where I am not bearing fruit and that I need to attend to, then help me to attend to it and maintain it. And if there is anything that I cannot maintain right now and that I don’t need to maintain, but just need to let go of, then help me to let go. Amen.