Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? Luke 14 v 34-35
In the previous verse, we read that whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Historically salt has been used as a form of currency, Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in salt and in fact the word “salary” comes from “sal,” the Latin word for salt. This gave rise to such expressions as ‘being worth one’s salt’.
The Christian disciple is different to the ‘believer’. I have come across lots of ‘believers’, you know them, they believe that Jesus came to earth, rose again and is in heaven BUT, they do not follow him. They see him as a good man, maybe a prophet or even as the son of God BUT He is not their leader. They don’t pursue Him or His Word. They will not stand for Him.
We must count the cost of following after Christ. We cannot say yes we believe and then go our own way. To be as salt is a comand… I am not talking about earning favour or salvation, but we must remember that we are no longer our own once we have come to saving faith.
Jesus was the ‘salt of the earth’. We are to be more and more like Him every day:
And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Cor 3 v 18.
We are called to become more like Him and since He is the salt of the earth we should be too.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.