“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13)
The late Pentecostal preacher David du Plessis was once approached by a congregant who complained that people do not seem thirsty for the Lord these days. Without missing a beat, du Plessis replied: “It’s not that they are not thirsty enough. It’s that we are not salty enough!” This reply might take us aback and put us on the defensive, but let’s look at it from a different angle. Instead of thinking about how “unsalty” we may be, let’s ask how we can increase our saltiness and how the light of Christ can shine out from us more brightly.
First, consider the qualities you find most attractive in others. Kindness, cheerfulness, thoughtfulness, or helpfulness may come to mind. When you see people like this, you are drawn to them; you want to spend time with them and get to know them better. Well, these same qualities can make you more attractive as well. You see, it’s not all about being pious or reverent. It’s about reaching out to others in genuine concern and compassion. It’s about offering to help someone with a problem. It’s about accompanying someone through a difficult time.
It’s about simply offering to pray for someone. These are the “door-openers” that show our concern for another person. They show that we aren’t trying to impose our religious views on anyone; we’re just trying to love as Jesus loves.
There is an old saying that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. It’s the same with sharing Jesus’ light with the world. It’s much better to share the light with a smile and a handshake than with a frown and a pointed finger!
So be salty today! In many cases, you won’t even need to use words. Simply be Christ by the way you treat the people around you. As you do, people will be drawn to you and open their hearts to you. Then you can point them to Jesus, the only One who can satisfy the hunger and thirst in their lives.
“Thank you, Jesus, for calling me to be light to the world and salt of the earth. Help me to treat people with kindness, respect, and love today, so that they may come to thirst for you, the living water.”