And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt (Leviticus 2:13)
As was discussed in the previous devotion, salt has always been very important to mankind and plays a significant role in demonstrating how things work in God’s Kingdom. Specifically, just as natural salt acts as a preservative and impedes corruption, God’s people function in the same manner — guarding (preserving) what has been entrusted to us and standing against the moral corruption in the earth. Yeshua is the One who made this connection between salt and His followers, indicating that we are commissioned to fulfill this role. Furthermore, He also warned what the result would be if we did not do this.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13
These words reveal a very important concept and that is, what happens when something fails or refuses to function in its purpose. In the case of salt that is not longer salty, it is useless. It is trampled underfoot with no regard for it whatsoever. That is pretty important to meditate upon when you realize that He is talking about us. There are other instances in the New Testament that speak to this issue. There is the parable of the fig tree that didn’t produce fruit and whose owner wanted to cut it down because it was just taking up space (Luke 13;6-9). Then there is the account when Yeshua inspected a fig tree only to find it was fruitless. Upon this discovery, He promptly cursed it causing it to wither and die (Matthew 21:18-19.
The point is is this: God expects us to fulfill our purpose in regards to His Kingdom. We weren’t placed here to just take up space and wait until Yeshua returns. We were put on this earth and at this time to advance His agenda and Kingdom. Producing fruit — making disciples — and advancing the Kingdom of God is why we exist. Taking territory away from the kingdom of darkness is part of that mission and is another way we produce fruit — it is the fruit we produce that brings glory unto the Father. So then, let’s not lose our saltiness by allowing ourselves to be diluted with the cares and snares of this world. Rather, let us be the seasoning that prompts others to “taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8).
Blessings and Shalom,