Salty or Salt-Free?

by Dawn



                               

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Luke 14:34

Most health conscious adults today acknowledge that excessive salt in the diet is not optimal for good health. As a matter of fact too much salt in the diet increases health related risks and in the extreme can be associated with life threatening conditions. Some health conditions require minimal salt intake with the aim of a “salt-free” diet.

How completely contrary to the Christian’s call to be Salty. As far as your spiritual life goes, you can consider saltiness to be an excellent measure of your effectiveness in the Kingdom. Jesus wants us to be salty, not salt-free followers.

 Our aim is to be salty, not  snarky, sassy or even super… 

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

Jesus used the word salty with good reason. Salt has a specific impact on what it comes in contact with. It influences and preserves the food it seasons. It draws out impurities from within and enhances the flavor of a variety of foods.  To be a salt-free Christian would be the worst possible state. It would mean that the grace and peace of our Lord has become flavorless to us. That the Cross be deemed meaningless, that we have no influence for the cause of the Savior at all, in our word, deed, thought life.

We are to be grace based, Holy Spirit filled, followers of Jesus. 

How can you know your Salt Status? First of all Jesus has to be your focus. As He is, not as who you think he is or should be. Jesus did not mince words. He made specific, uncompromising claims. You need to know His word and claims to be salty. Period. Christians who lose their saltiness usually have compromised or denied Christ’s own claims about himself and His mission. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7

Jesus also empowers believers to fulfill their calling, by doing as He did- NOT as the world does. Being salty requires one to choose serving others over self often, leaving behind the “looking out for number one” mentality. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10

As Salty Christians we glorify God by exalting the name of Jesus, striving for peace, unity and common ground while standing firmly for truth in a world ruled by deception and darkness. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.1 Corinthians 13:11

Let’s stay salty ourselves and shake, shake, shake our grace and truth wherever we are. Pass the salt, please!

I like to use the hashtag #onwardchristiansoldier for my Social Media saltiness. I would love to have you join me!

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Dawn Paoletta is a writer who is finally coming out of the closet and following her dream to share her life lessons and insights with anyone who will listen. Being recently laid up with a muscular injury has temporarily curtailed her career in fitness allowing her the golden opportunity needed to reorder her priorities and shift her focus to blogging her greatest passions: Living out her faith as a modern day disciple of Jesus Christ and enjoying spending time with her husband, daughter and family pets. She is a natural coach and encourager who can't help sharing what she's learned along her journey with authenticity, grace and truth. Visit Dawn at her blog, Enthusiastically Dawn

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1 Debbie March 21, 2015 at 7:22 am

Thank you for hosting!

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2 Yolanda DeLoach March 21, 2015 at 7:39 am

Hi Dawn,
I love how you say we aren’t to be snarky, sassy or super. You give us a good reminder on how we’re called to be salty. Thanks for your post!

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3 Laura Rath March 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

Dawn, this is great! I really like your explanation of salt – what it does and what it means for our spiritual life without it. I’ll be thinking about this for awhile. 🙂

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4 Suzie Jackson March 21, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Dawn this post is just awesome & super salty girl! I love it. I am sharing it & using the hash tag you shared! Thank you my friend!

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5 Beth March 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

I’ve been reading through Philippians and Paul’s words in 2:14-15 remind me of this other metaphor – saltiness. He says we will be like “stars” as opposed to a “crooked and depraved generation.” I think whenever we are Christ-like, we will stand out and hopefully the world will take notice! Great thoughts, Dawn and thanks to you and Deb for the linkup!

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