One sunny afternoon, sometime in history around 28 A.D. and 30 A.D. when Jesus just started His earthly ministry probably during a moment of talking with His disciples, He looked up from where He was sitting and saw a lot of people coming towards Him to be taught by Him and considering the large crowd, He felt the best way to teach these guys was to climb up a mountain probably so they could have a better view of Him and also hear him more audibly. After a period of teaching, somewhere in His speech He made a statement that they had not heard before:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”(Matthew 5:13 NKJV)
Let’s move on shall we? During one of my chemistry classes on acids, bases and salts, my interesting teacher defined a salt as a compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base thereby leaving the positive hydrogen ion(H-) and the negative hydroxyl ion(OH-) combining to form water. Now, let’s leave chemistry for a minute. The question that pops next in my head is why will Jesus refer to us as the salt of the earth?
Firstly, I believe God in His resplendence understood humanity and the complexities of running the imperfect earth and did not give the work of governance to angels but men. Based on that thought, we as humans lose sight of the puissant but sublime word humanity. We most times see this as a weakness rather than a strength. We descry and focus on our failures, frailties, faults, flaws and conclude we are good for nothing without recognizing that engrained deeply in our DNA by God is the capacity and potential to be salts on the earth. Like salts which require the recombination of cations (positive ions) and anions (negative ions), our positive sides, wonderful moments alongside those terrible, ugly and bad sides of us that we are not proud of is very much needed in the equation of making the earth a better place. I am not advocating that you continue doing those things that are not pleasant and right but what I can say for a certainty is that God allowed those moments in your life that weighed you down, those disappointments that made you cry, those betrayals that you went through, those people that left your life thinking you are not enough, He allowed all to bring out the best in you.
The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthian church under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit made a powerful statement: He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT). We receive strength to go through our go-throughs and trials so we can be there for others. Our strengths, weakness and the happenings of our lives are designed according to purpose because according to scripture, So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. (Romans 8:28, TPT).
Just as it takes the positive and negative wires to produce electricity, the positive and negative ions to produce salts so it takes the parts of your life you are proud of and those you aren’t to produce power. I know there is a place for balance and temperance but it is a principle of life. Take pride in your humanity and unleash your potential. Make the world a better place because you are qualified. You are human.
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