Is salt good? We are often told by medical authorities to cut back on the amount of salt we have as it causes fluid retention, high blood pressure and can lead to heart disease or stroke. So I ask again, is salt good? You can drink water to sustain your life, but when people who have been cast adrift at sea drink salt water, it sends them mad and they die. So let me say it once more, is salt good?
Well Jesus says that salt IS good in the first verse of this section of scripture so we had better try to understand what he is talking about as there will be a great lesson there for all of us.
When you talk to Christians you get the feeling that it won’t cost you a thing to become a Christian. But is that right? Is there no cost at all to following Jesus? That is what this scripture is teaching us and the answer for some Christians might be quite surprising.
Picture this. You have a really big occasion coming up. Something really important to you and so you decide to throw a big celebration party. You invite all your friends to join you as you celebrate and then wait for the RSVP’s to come in so you can plan seating, catering and so on. And you wait…and wait. As the big day approaches you start getting nervous wondering why there have not been many responses, so you start contacting the invitees and you start getting excuses. All kinds of reasons why they can’t or won’t attend. And how do you feel? This is your big celebration and its important and they are supposed to be your friends!
Well guess what. Your walk with God could be a lot like this too. You have been invited to God’s big celebration so make sure you send back the RSVP promptly!
There is a saying in this world that goes, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” What it means is that if you do something for me I will likewise do something for you. It’s all about receiving in return what you give to others. This is part of the wisdom of this world, but it is not the wisdom of God as we see in this scripture.
What are the greatest words you could ever hear? It has to be the Lord saying on judgement day, “Well done good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21, 23) That would be the ultimate recognition and aspiration for all who seek to follow Jesus Christ. But how do we achieve this recognition? What must we be like to hear these words and receive the recognition of God? How can we prevent hearing those other words where he says, “I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.” (Matthew 7:23) Fortunately, Jesus tells us what is required in this section of scripture.
Today we often see lawyers and judges, whether in real life or in depictions in books, TV or movies, who are seeking the truth. However we also see those same people twist the law to suit their own ends and to seek a result that was not really what the law was saying. They look at loopholes and ways to wrangle an outcome that benefits a client rather than seeking the truth. Jesus often sat with Pharisees and lawyers and showed them that the truth is not about the law, and in this section of scripture we see that there is a more important set of principles than those embodied in the law.