I've noticed something about myself as I get older, I love salt. Growing up I always remember seeing my mom put salt on everything, and not just a little bit. I would give her a tough time, but now that I'm older, I do the exact same thing. I love the flavor that it brings out in the foods. To me, food without salt just tastes bland.
In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compares Christians to salt. You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). Jesus has just told us that we are to be the flavor of God to the world. It's been said, people will base everything they believe about God through Christians before they dive deeper themselves. We see this with the woman at the well in John 4. It is no long because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world (John 4:42).
They started out believing because of the woman, they tasted Jesus in her, and then they came to know Him and base their lives off their own beliefs.
In 2019, Pewresearch did a study and found that 70% of Americans identify as Christian. That's nearly 3/4 of the country. That means that nearly 3/4 of the American population should be adding the flavor of Christ to our civilization. Dallas Willard in his Spiritual Disciplines writes that adding just 1/4 pound of salt to a pound of meat would definitely be noticeable.
But is that the true case? Are we, believers in Jesus Christ, actually allowing for the flavor of Christ to be noticed in our lives? Let's not just talk about Christianity as a whole, but lets get personal. When you are out in the community, are people experiencing the love of Christ in your life?
What flavor are you?
You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses it's saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet (Matthew 5:13).