You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything.
Do you know anyone who was an influence a few years ago but not now? Their love for Jesus impacted the community which they lived. They brought people to Christ, and exemplified honesty and integrity in how they dealt with others. They still go to church, but something is missing. They have begun to blend in with others around them in the community. They are no longer distinct. Know of anyone? We probably do or have known of someone like this some time or another.
The scripture above is talking about being different; distinct. Not being contaminated by the world around you or assimilated by non-Christians. When we are different we attract people to the Lord. When we show that Jesus makes the difference in how we face daily pressures and challenges, people will be attracted to Him. That's when we are salt.
Jesus' reference to salt is a great example of who and what we are to be in order to invite people to Him. Salt was essential at that time as a food preservative. Similarly, our presence in the world should be a deterrent to sin. Salt also gives flavor to food. As Christians, we are to add a distinct flavor to life-our own lives and the lives of others. Salt was stated to be the purest of all things according to the ancient Romans. Christians are called to be pure; to have godly standards. Standards that are not lowered, but elevated to the level of God's Word. We are told in James 1:27 to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. If we are contaminated, our witness is worthless.
How different and distinct are you? How is the salt content in your life and the lives of others?