Jesus Christ was under no delusions in His understanding of the world system. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19). “ ‘The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.’ ” (John 7:7) The apostle John wrote, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (1 John 5:19) Because the very nature of this world is contrary to the will and purposes of God, James wrote to the church these words of warning: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
What is missing in the world that causes it be to identified in these graphic terms? The Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in the hearts of mankind. When Jesus comes to dwell in the life of a person, he or she will become what Jesus calls “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Salt in the days of the Bible was used to preserve food to keep it from rotting. It was used as medicine to curb infection. It was even used at times as a means of paying Roman soldiers. Salt was a very important commodity in those days. Because you and I have access to salt so easily, the words of Jesus may not have the same impact upon us that it did upon His listeners who heard Him speak those words at that time. The world that we live in is just as rotten as was the world in Jesus’ days, or perhaps even to a greater degree now with the constant barrage of moral filth via the internet and other forms of technology.
But God so loves the people of this world that He sent His Son Jesus to die for their sin (John 3:16-18), and He sprinkles His bride, the Church, into their lives to make an impact for Him. Impact? Indeed! When you add salt to your food, it enhances its flavor. When people come into contact with a “salty” Christian, they may indeed persecute us and say all kinds of nasty stuff (Matthew 5:10-12), but when they see us doing the things that God tells us to, there will be those who will glorify our heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).
Loving Jesus supremely is the key to being a salty Christian (Matthew 22:36,37). Setting The Lord Jesus Christ apart in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15) is a decision that every saint must make daily if he or she purposes to be the salt of the earth. What is missing in this fallen world system? Salt. Beloved, wherever God in His divine providence sprinkles you today, it is so that you might bring Him glory in such a way that others “may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things” (Titus 2:10), and be drawn unto Him.