A Peanuts cartoon showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown in which she said, “Guess what, Chuck? This was the first day of school, and I got sent to the principal’s office. It was your fault, Chuck.”
Charlie Brown responds, “My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say everything is my fault?”
Peppermint Patty answers, “You’re my friend, aren’t you, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me.”
Ridiculous? Of course! Nobody should blame others for their problems, like Peppermint Patty. (Although many do.) On the other hand, have you stopped to think lately about the power of your influence?
Jesus said of his followers, “You ARE the salt of the earth.” Notice he didn’t say, “ You might be…” or “You will become…” He said “You ARE…”
People are watching you. What are they seeing?
Jesus went on to say…
“Is salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”
I suppose, if a believer is compromising his or her belief and behavior, they could begin to spread influence that is not so Godly, or “salty.” It’s not that they would no longer be useful as an example to others, it’s just that they would have become a BAD example.
If you wear the name of Christ – if you identify as a Christ-follower – please remember that you ARE salt. By following the example of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, according to the will and Word of God, you WILL be influencing others, just by being what God re-made you to be.
Be a “Salty Saint!” 2 Practical Ways to be Salty
- Make every effort to get along well with other believers. Jesus strongly implied that our ability to live at peace with one another was a good measure of our saltiness: Mark 9:50 says, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
- Watch your mouth! In Colossians 4:6, Paul said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” There is more than enough negativity, criticism, slander, profanity, and foolishness in the world today. Let your words be a life-giving stream of refreshment for all hearers.