Are you salty?
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?" (Matthew 5:13).
Chris, an ELI alum, shared this experience with me:
"I was at Marine Officer Candidate School this past summer. The intense training and unforgiving heat caused the candidates to sweat profusely. The instructors frequently told the candidates to salt their food. Whenever we didn't, we risked passing out. I never realized how important my salt intake was until I was put in a situation where I absolutely needed it. Sadly, I sometimes think of God like I think of salt. I forget how much I need God until I'm on the brink of collapse."
I love how each of us has entered this journey with our own unique story, one that God has used to mold and shape our hearts and one another. In Matthew, Jesus instructs us to be the "salt of the earth." What might it mean to be salty?
Salt preserves, flavors, and seasons. Salt cleans, relieves, restores, and much, much more. In reflecting on Chris' quote, salt is also necessary. However, salt can "lose its taste" when it becomes impure, is recombined with other elements, or our tastebuds are not working properly. "If salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?"
Growing Saltiness: "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word..." (Psalm 119:9-16). As we desire to remain pure and grow in our original design as salt, we have to return to the source. Am I pursuing personal growth daily that leads to the increase of my saltiness? In the challenges and battles of life, am I being replenished in the Word of God, prayer, and transformative community?
Renewing Tastebuds: Have I or others "tasted" a gospel that wasn't of Jesus Christ? Honestly, I know that at times my witness has provided those I serve with an improper, even hurtful, model of Jesus and the gospel. At the end of each work day, have I seasoned my workmates and workplace with the true salt of Christ? Am I engaging with the authentic gospel, serving to meet the needs, wants, and desires of others with truth and grace?
Are you able to relate with Chris? Do you sometimes forget how much you need God until you're on the brink of collapse? Are you losing your taste? Our bodies and souls are longing for a satisfaction only found and sustained in a real relationship with Jesus Christ. It's in Him that we find life. As leaders, being salty isn't just be a nice to have, it's a must.
Our Personal Growth core value states, "We actively engage in the process of increasing our capacity to serve." God is the source of growth (1 Corinthians 3:6). Within this beautiful reality, we desire that our leadership would be life giving. In a country, city, and workplace that is desperately searching for something more, how are you growing saltiness and serving with God to renew?
ELI, let’s live life to the fullest.