09.29.15 – Morton Salt & Oscar The Grouch

FotoFlexer_PhotoMorton Salt and Oscar the Grouch

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16

Why would Jesus tell His disciples to be salty? As a child, it seemed bizarre to me that Jesus would want His children to be salty. I remember my mom would buy a container of salt from the grocery store that had a little girl on it holding an umbrella. That was really all I knew about salt. But as strange as Jesus’ words might initially sound to the ear, His words were sound advice.

Jesus described the impact that His followers were to have in relation to those around them.  He told them to be salty. So what are the character traits of a “salty” Christian?

To begin with, salt makes a person thirsty. Christians are to live their life in such a way that they cause the people they come in contact with to thirst for God. Secondly, salt seasons.  Jesus was simply saying, “You are to be the flavor of the earth.” This dark world that we live in must have our flavorful presence radiating the love of Jesus Christ.  Thirdly, salt penetrates.  Salt solutions are sprayed on icy roads. Why; because the salt penetrates the ice on the road, causing the ice to melt and dissolve.  So too, we must also impact and penetrate the hardness of our society in such a way that we melt away the hardness, and penetrate the hearts and lives of those around us with the gospel message of Jesus Christ.  Fourth, salt heals. Have you ever swum in the ocean?  If you had a cut somewhere on your body while you were swimming, the salt water caused it to sting. Obviously it wasn’t comfortable, but it sped up the healing process.  This same principle applies within the life of the Christian. There is hurt all around us.  Because of this, we are to be healers and restorers, not hurters and destroyers!  Finally, salt preserves. Salt is used on meat to store it and to keep it fresh.  Christians are called to preserve the message of Jesus. This is done by sharing the gospel with our children and our grandchildren, and preserving and keeping the biblical truths that are found within the Bible.

The next statement He makes is just as intriguing. He informs them that they are “the light of the world.” What did Jesus mean, and what does light do? To begin with, light provides direction. Imagine trying to drive around in the dark without your headlights on. You probably would get nowhere!  But light helps one see more clearly as it pierces the darkness. The Christian is called to be the light of the world. Part of that job description is illuminating the path that will lead others to Christ.  We should live in such a way that people are drawn to the light of God, because we ourselves are shining the light of God with His Holy Spirit who dwells within us.  Secondly, light reveals truth. Some people have poor lighting in their bathrooms over the mirror, so that they will not have to see what they really look like. But good lighting will reveal everything, and will reveal the truth. Thirdly, light brings comfort. As a child, as do most children, I had a night light in my bedroom. I was afraid of the dark, but my “Oscar the Grouch Sesame Street” night light brought me comfort.  As Christians, we are to bring the comfort of Christ to those lost in darkness. Finally, light gives off reflection. The way that we live our lives should be solely and purely motivated by a desire to reflect Jesus Christ.  Reflect the testimony of Jesus by reflecting His heart in the way you live.

Take these principles about salt and light and use them to glorify God in every aspect and avenue of your life.

– Pastor Eric


28 thoughts on “09.29.15 – Morton Salt & Oscar The Grouch

  1. I have learned a lot about salt this summer. All I can really say is that all of those points about salt are very true and important. We have got to be salt! It is so important! If we, as Christiansa, aren’t salt the next generation will be plain and empty because they won’t have God.

  2. Also, do missions. It can be as small as to telling your neighbor about Jesus, or helping an old women across the street, or going to Africa. I volunteer at a place called the Link on Cullman and I really enjoy it. I have learned alit through missions and I think they are very important

  3. Wow, I know Jesus calls us to be an example. It is hard everyday to remember that we are to be the salt and the light. This is very hard, because the world is full of problems and hard times. I am glad we have the Bible to guide us. I will have to work at this everyday.

  4. being salt in this world is very important.
    not only because we should want to, but because we need to. the world is falling into soon and we need to be salt and show God’s love to everyone.

  5. This message is so true!!! There are so many people out there that need just one person to be salt to them, to show them Christ and cause them to thitrst for Him more, so that they can experience the almighty and powerful love of our oh so majestic and wonderful King!!! We can be salt and light to people in so many ways!!! I love how you said salt penetrates!!! I know a few people that need penetrated by salt & light. It’s hard sometimes to strive to be the salt and light!!! Also when we are light to people we don’t have to be missionaries and go deep into a jungle and share the message to a few canalbalist! We can share the message most likely in our school because there are people everywhere who are going through that long, deep tunnel that need a light that can go a far way and point straight to Jesus!!! Very great message Mr. Martin!!!😀

  6. This is very true, we need to be both salt and light. I believe we need to be an equal amount of both, because if we have to much of one or the other it can sometimes overwhelm the people you are trying to witness to. I know that I have been trying my best to witness to Eli and trying to get him to come to church, but I have to be careful because I don’t want to get him mad because i’m being to salty or shining to much life. I have been trying to get him to be thirsty for Christ, because I know him better than anyone and I know that if I can get him there then he will want to come to church. Now, I am also am a light in his life to, he is all the time telling me how he appreciates how kind I am and how much I love God. He also says he appreciates how he can tell me if he has had a bad day and that I always know just what to say to make him feel better. But, I still have a lot of work to do but I will just keep praying that God helps me to be salt and light and that he wants to come back to church.

  7. I thought it was kind of funny that salt was mentioned in this blog because I was just talking to my dad last weekend about salt. He was talking about chemistry and telling me how salt is a combination of sodium and chlorine. Then he mentioned that those two elements are poisonous on their own, but when they come together they form regular table salt. Our life without Christ and the Word of God would be a lot like this. It would be poison to us because we could make wrong choices for our lives. It could lead us on a path to destruction. When we invite Christ into our hearts, we are no longer what we used to be. He lights our path and His Word guides us. We, in turn, should spread His Gospel and preserve His Word so that others can know Christ too.

  8. I think it’s amazing how Jesus uses this example of salt and lights of the world. We should, as salty Christians, always make people thirsty for Christ and wanting to change from their wicked ways. We should also light the way for these people. The world is a very dark place so we should be the “light of the world” just like Jesus has told us to.

  9. We are the salt of the world and the salt gives flavor to this world. The world today has lost its taste for the Gospel so we must be Christlike, “seasoning” so that the world will be drawn back to the Gospel. We should also be healers in this world for so many who are lost and dying without Christ. We need to have the salty taste in the way we tell or preach the Gospel so that people are made thirsty and thirst for what we have. The way that we stay salty is by getting in the Word, keeping our thoughts pure and showing the attitude of Christ in everything we do! This is where our brothers and sisters in Christ can help us stay true. Thanks Pastor Martin for a salty reminder of what we need to do.

  10. I really liked your point about how salt makes us thirsty. I never really thought about it, but I agree. I also liked the point about how light gives reflection. We need to reflect a good example on sinners.

  11. We as Christians need to be salty especially now in the times we are living in right now. This may seem hard and you may say i cannot go to another country on a mission trip, but we start in Cullman. We don not even have to go on mission trips to be salty. All we have to do is obey Christ.

  12. Being a salty Christian means that you make others thirsty for Gods love and word by being a shining light. I want to be such an example to nonbelievers that they thirst for more knowledge of Christ. My light for Christ should shine in every situation and around all people.

  13. we as Christians must show people Christ through what we do. we are to be the salt to the thirsty. our world is coming to an end very soon and we must reach out and be salt to as many people as we can. we don’t know when Christ is coming back, so we must tell as many people as we can about Christ. we are to be salty Christians and show God’s love through our actions.

  14. i loved the comparison you used mr martin.we are are the salt of the earth and we need to have a thirst for God.we should also be a light to others and spread Gods word to unbelievers.we don’t have to spread God s word in a big way.we can just be kind and do all things for the glory of God.

  15. Thanks Mr.Martin! This cleared up a lot of confusion for me! I love the example of salt makes us thirsty and how salt heals as well.Without God, we would have a thirst that needs to be quenched. And I know how uncomfortable it can be to get salt in wound even though it heals it. We are like a wound that needs to cleaned and God is the solution!

  16. I have always thought being salty was the same as being bitter to someone. In time we are in now we Christians should be salty and be a light to others. Thank you Mr. Martin for opening my eyes!

  17. This is very true because when we have more salt the more thirsty we are and more we want God to quench our thirst for Him. The less we use salt or be salty the less we need to be quenched. We also need light to know what direction to go and to help other people now where to go because we need to help of fellow believers and nonbelievers. We should be helpful and strive for more of these attributes.

  18. We should always be salty Christians because one of our main jobs is to lead people to Christ. Also, we live in a dark world that needs light. We as Christians have to be that light and show people the right way.

  19. I agree when I read the passage I used to think that salty meant to be grumpy but I knew that didn’t make sense so now that u have explained it I understand so much more I am goin to try to be a saltier Christian and enfluence the people around me too😄

  20. As Christians we should always strive for God. We need to have a bright light that never goes out so that others know that the Holy Spirit dwells in us.

  21. I remember hearing this message years ago in Sunday school and not really getting it, but as I’ve gotten older it’s easier to understand and I realize more that it is very necessary and true. Without light you will have darkness and without salt you won’t have flavor. We’re supposed to be the light in the world and a reflection of Jesus. God’s word is our lamp and we need to share it with others so they won’t be stumbling through the dark. Thank you for the message Mr. Martin! 🙂

  22. Sorry if I posted twice because Maggie H used my phone to do her blog last week and it changed it back to her name and I realized it after I had posted.

  23. Okay I thought I had accidentally posted twice but apparently it didn’t post at all. Please ignore my previous comment haha. I remember hearing this message a few years ago in Sunday school and not really getting it, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s become easier to understand and I realize more how important it is. Without light there is darkness and without salt there is no flavor. We as Christians are supposed to be the light of the world and be a mirror to Christ. The Bible is our lamp and we need to share it with others so they won’t be stumbling around in the dark. Thank you for the message Mr. Martin! 🙂

  24. Oh my goodness I did post twice I am so sorry this is really confusing. The one that says Maggie H that looks like mine is actually mine haha.

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