are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be
made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled
on by men.”—Matthew 5:13
God's people are His preserving agents for a world that is corrupted and
degenerating because of sin. Your life is designed and commissioned by God to
enhance a community and to preserve what is good and right. There is deep
significance today for a godly life that is involved in its community. The
presence of Christ in you makes all that He is available to others. His
salvation can free an addict, mend a broken home, heal the pain of the past,
restore a wayward child, and comfort a grieving heart. All of this is available
to those around you as Christ expresses His life through you.
If we are not in a right relationship with our Lord, however, Jesus said we
are like salt that has lost its saltiness and is, therefore, good for nothing.
None of God's saving grace and power can be dispensed through us to others. How
do we test the "saltiness” of our life? Look at our family. Are we preserving it
from the destructive influences that surround it? Examine our workplace. Are the
sinful influences in our work environment being halted because we are there?
Observe our community. Is it a better place because we are involved in it? What
about our church? The evidence that we have been used by God as a preserving
agent is that things are becoming spiritually better around us instead of worse.
If people around us are deteriorating spiritually, we need to go to our Lord and
allow Him to adjust our lives so that we can be used to preserve
others.—Experiencing God Day by Day