Summary: When Jesus says:"You are the salt of the earth." Jesus is saying "Be Authentic." Be the Real Deal! Beloved, an inconsistent lifestyle repels people from the church. So, how authentic is your walk? We may be the only Bible that our neighbor may ever see.
Our Gospel reading this morning from Matthew is near the beginning of Jesus most famous sermon, The Sermon on the Mount.
In this message, Jesus called his followers to the highest standards of conduct. (Pause)
He challenged us to "turn the other cheek."
He commanded us to love our enemy, to forgive those who do us wrong, and to be sure we act with the purest motives.
He said there are two roads, a wide road that leads to destruction and a narrow one that leads to life.
And here in today's Gospel verses he calls those who follow Him to choose to be a godly influence on the world in which they live.
Those are tough commands.
Jesus clearly expects the world to be transformed by our presence.
Hear Jesus words to us: BIBLE "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, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." END
Sodium Chloride, table salt like Morton's that you buy at the store is pure. But the Morton Salt Co. did not exist back in the first century.
When they mined salt from the quarry or pit it was never completely pure.
Occasionally the salt they gathered was so impure that it was not very salty at all.
When that happened they would cast it out the door to harden the pathway that led to their home.
What Jesus is saying in these verses is that if we as His followers are going to change the world we have to be pure salt, (P) we have to be the real deal.
Our lives cannot be a mixture of impurities. We have to be un-compromised, pure, and authentic.
When Jesus says:"You are the salt of the earth."
Jesus is saying "Be Authentic." Be the Real Deal!
Beloved, an inconsistent lifestyle repels people from the church.
It repels people from coming to know Christ as Savior and Lord.
So, how authentic is your walk?
Are the people around you drawn to faith by your life?
Do people who cross your path recognize that there is a difference ......in the way you live?
I cannot tell you how many times I heard someone share they know someone who says they are a Christian, but their life is impure.
We may be the only Bible that our neighbor may truly ever see.
Are you authentic?
Are you the real deal?
Or have you let the impurity of the world dilute your saltiness.
The key is to be authentic; the key is being real, ...... not trying to appear to be perfect.
In Ancient Greece they had great theatrical events, plays in large amphitheaters.
They did not have microphones to make their voices heard, and they did not have cameras to magnify their images, so they invented a system.
They developed large masks. The masks made them look like the characters they portrayed. Built into the masks were megaphones to amplify their voices.
The actors on stage, got behind their masks and they became somebody else, someone different than they really were.
The Greeks called these types of actors .....The Hypocrites." (Pause)
There are many people whose lives are nothing more than a act.
They play the same role today.
They too are.....The Hypocrites.
Listen to what Jesus says to us in Mathew. 23:25-28:
BIBLE. Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. END
You see, God wants to change us, but not superficially.
He calls us to be conformed to the image of His Son.
"Christians are to be the good news before they share the good news." (Pause)
A Peanuts cartoon, showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown. She said,
"Guess what, Chuck.
The first day of school and I got sent to the principal's office. It was your fault, Chuck."
He said, "My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say everything is my fault?"
She said, "You're my friend, aren't you, Chuck?
You should have been a better influence on me." (Pause)
While Peppermint Patty was seeking to pass the buck, she was in a very real sense right.
We should be a positive influence on our friends.
We certainly do have an influence, all be it for good or for bad.
We are always some type of influence to those in our lives. We are called to be the Salt of the Earth.
Salt is a seasoning, a preservative, but unless it is Brought into contact with another Object its influence is wasted!
Salt becomes Invisible to have a Visible effect.