Keep your Flavor

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, October 01, 2015


"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.

Matthew 5:13

As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world’s history, as it has been interwoven into the daily lives of countless historic civilizations. Salt has played a vital part in religious ritual in many cultures, symbolizing immutable, incorruptible purity.[1]

The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt.” Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times, so it was historically used as a method of trade and currency. The word “salad” also originated from “salt,” and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. A far-flung trade in ancient Greece involving exchange of salt for slaves gave rise to the expression, "not worth his salt." Special salt rations given early Roman soldiers were known as "salarium argentum," the forerunner of the English word "salary." From the Latin "sal," for example, come such other derived words as "sauce" and "sausage."[2]

When Jesus told his disciples that they are the salt of the earth, he was using a very powerful analogy. In short, Jesus was telling them they are very valuable and a symbol of purity. Moreover, he was also telling them they are influencers and integral part of world history. I presume the disciples did not know what it really meant to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Perhaps they saw themselves as ordinary citizens who went about their daily business without notice. After all they were simple men, most of whom had no education. But Jesus challenged their attitude about themselves and told them that they are the salt of the earth.

I can only imagine how awestruck the disciples were when Jesus compared them to “salt.” Many of us don’t think too highly of our spirituality. We allow our eyes to watch ungodly things, we fill our minds with ungodly thoughts and we let ungodly words come out of our mouths.

In today’s text Jesus is reminding us that we are the salt of the earth. Therefore, we are called to add taste to the world. It’s amazing how easy it is for some Christians to follow whatever people in the world deem to be acceptable. Whenever a new style comes out-no matter how ungodly it may be- many Christians adopt the style. This is not who we are. We are called to transform culture and not be transformed by the culture.

So let me ask you this question: are you worth your salt? Are living like a transforming agent, a servant leader who impacts the world for Christ? Be careful not to let the allures of this world cause you to lose your saltiness. Don’t lose your purity. It is by your witness and testimony that God will save some of your friends and loved ones. It is by your service that God will feed many who are hungry, and provide shelter for many who are homeless.

Keep your spiritual flavor and don’t fall for every gimmick just because it is entertaining. Don’t lose your flavor as a godly woman and allow your body to be desecrated by a man who may only be looking for quick pleasure. Keep your flavor in business and don’t let greed dictate your behavior. The world in which we live is rotten and in need of salt to preserve it. You are that salt. Let the Holy Spirit of God in you helps to bring out the flavor of holiness that God wants to use to save this decaying world.

Prayer- Father, please help us not to lose our saltiness so we can impact the world for Jesus sake.



[1] http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_HistoryOfSalt.asp

[2] Ibid.,

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

Join the conversation:

comment responses

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTERS




 Monthly Newsletter
 The Wednesday Word
 Rap Sessions

E-newsletter