Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth but what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again?”
Perhaps the Lord means that without salt we add no flavor to Kingdom of God, much like the church of the Laodiceans who are lukewarm.
This message was given to the Church in Laodicea by the one who is the amen - the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God‘s new creation: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot or cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Revelation 3:14-16
Can you imagine living a life that is totally distasteful to God?
Can you imagine having to face Him when he asks you why you didn’t trust and believe that He’s the father of creation?
Do you think He will consider whether you worked to build His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven?
Can you imagine being so filled up with your own grandiosity that you don’t even realize your need for Him at all?
He will look at you and say,
“You say I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!” And you don’t realize that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me - gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.”
Spiritual fire is not fun. It can be very painful indeed. But it’s what the Lord does to burn off the dross of our sinful spiritual impurities.
Remember that God uses divine discipline to love and correct His children.
Hebrews 12:7-8 says, “No discipline is enjoyable while it’s happening. In fact, it’s very painful! but afterword there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained by this way.”
We all know not to add salt to a wound, because the truth often hurts and makes one wiggle and squirm. But when the truth is spoken in love, it can create freedom from chains that bind us.
Salt in water is not only good for the soul, but it helps to pull the impurities out. And God uses trials and tribulations to test the reality of our faith, in the same way that we use fire to purify gold and silver.
So as I get ready to end this poem, let us throw off every weight that holds us down. Let us speak out the written word of God, and learn how to speak the truth in love.