Losing Saltiness

October 21, 2010
by Carol Merrill

Matthew 5:13 – You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it. (GNT)

A few weeks ago, I heard a sermon in which the congregation was asked if anyone felt that people could ever lose the saltiness of their faith. As I sat quietly in my pew, my immediate reaction was, "Yes!". Although I didn't detect any audible responses to the question, I couldn't help but feel that I couldn't possibly be the only one who would have responded in that manner.

While it has been undeniable that traditional and even not-so-traditional denominational churches are striving to maintain Sunday attendance, attract youthful participation, and provide spiritual nourishment for the congregants, it appears obvious that there are those "faithful Christians" who are fearfully close to losing the "saltiness" of their faith.

I don't know if there is any one element responsible for this situation, but I do feel that our minds, souls, and hearts aren't being nourished in the way that they once were. Perhaps with the way the world is today, we need more comfort and nurture in our faith. Maybe we have just lost our way and have taken a wrong turn in our faith journey.

But maybe, just maybe, we have forgotten just how wonderful and fulfilling it is to be a faithful, practicing Christian, following the commandments and words of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We need to remember the joy, peace, love, and hope that we have in our lives, that allow us to be the light in a dark world. We need to remember that living God's way enables us to see the grace He has set upon us and which is available to each and every one of us.

I have done some self-cleansing and realize that if there is negativity around me, I need to eliminate it from my life in order that God's light will once again shine around me.

Matthew 5:18 – Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with — not until the end of all things. (GNT)

Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us every day of how great life is with You in it. Take us by the hand when we are weak and when we seem to have lost the ability to see the grace that You have given to our lives. Reach down with Your right hand, and pick us up when we stumble. May we continue to be among Your many disciples, sharing Your Word and keeping the saltiness ever present in our faith. Amen.

About the author:

Carol Merrill <carolmerrill27@gmail.com>
Belleville, Ontario, Canada

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