Notes for FaithPoint

FaithPoint Logo 1Our text for this sermon comes from Matthew 5:13-14. The title of this sermon is Salt.

When you read Matthew 5:13-14, you understand that it is a very familiar passage of Scripture. It is probably one that you have heard many times. However, verse 14 is probably more memorable to you than verse 13. Why?

We are familiar with light. We get light. We understand that there are different types of light such as:

  • led lights
  • fire in the fire place
  • lamps
  • candles
  • headlights
  • flashlights
  • stars
  • the sun

We understand that light cuts through darkness. Darkness and light cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Light is used as a guide. Light shows you the path you are to walk or if you are driving a car, headlights show you where to go so you don’t run off the road.

We get light. Now another question arises.

Jesus, in his teachings, compares us to sheep, vine branches, light and so on… but why salt?

I am not sure that we completely understand where Jesus is going with this salt thing. Salt is not really valuable to us. It is inexpensive and we take it for granted.

In Jesus’ day, salt was an export. It was how some countries survived. People made a living off of selling salt. Salt was a major commodity.

We need to understand that salt is still important to us today. Matthew 5:13 is still very relevant in the life of a disciple.

There are seven things I would like us to learn about salt.

  1. Salt is essential for life
  2. Salt is a preservative
  3. Salt must be refined before it can be used in food.
  4. Salt is a flavor enhancer
  5. Salt melts ice
  6. Salt is used in the manufacturing of aluminum to remove contaminates
  7. Salt makes you thirsty

Salt is essential for life

Salt helps the body retain water and aids the stomach in the digestion of food. Salt also keeps calcium and other minerals in your bloodstream. The right amount of salt can keep you from being dehydrated. Too little salt and you can be dehydrated and you are susceptible to things such as heat stroke. Too much salt results in high blood pressure. Salt also helps to stimulate the muscles and help them to contract properly.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

You are essential because God created you. Your identity is in Christ. Your identity is not in your past mistakes and failures or who other people say you are. You are who Jesus says you are and you are created for His purposes.

Salt is a preservative

Salt is a natural preservative that keeps food from becoming bacteria ridden and decomposing. Salt slows down the decomposing process.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

This is where steadfastness and perseverance comes in. You are not called by God to quit when times get hard. You are not to tap out or throw in the towel. God is using your circumstances to conform you more into the person he designed you to be. Your steadfastness and perseverance will be rewarded by Jesus.

Salt must be refined before it can be used in food

Salt is taken from salt mines and goes through a major process before it ends up as table salt or kosher salt. Sea salt is taken from shallow salt water pools and then the water is evaporated and you are left with the salt.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

You are being refined daily as a disciple of Jesus. You are being sanctified. This is a process. You are being led by the Holy Spirit to be conformed to the image of Jesus. It is not always easy. It is not always pretty. It is always necessary.

Salt is a flavor enhancer

A chef adds salt to a dish to enhance the flavor of the food. The right amount of salt extracts more flavor from the dish giving you a more intense flavor with every bite.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

You are salt. You as a disciple of Jesus are to enhance the lives of other people through the relationships you cultivate with those people. That person’s life should be better because you were in their life even if only for a short season.

Salt melts ice

Certain types of salt, such as rock salt, are used to melt ice. Salt is used on roads to melt ice in high traffic areas. You may have even used salt to melt ice that has accumulated on your driveway. A lot of salt is not necessary to use to melt ice. All that is needed is a small amount to weaken the ice so the ice can be broken up and removed by other means.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

God breaks through hard hearts, cold hearts, and cold personalities. He can use you as an instrument in this process. God can use your love, gentleness, kindness, generosity, hospitality, forgiveness, grace, mercy and peace to break through the cold and callous heart that has been resistant for a long time. The hard and cold heart belongs to a person that is far from Jesus. They do not respond to the Shepherd’s voice because they are not part of the flock. They wander and run astray with no guidance for their life. Their cold hearts need your salt to help weaken and melt the ice and they need you to point them to the gentle and loving Shepherd, Jesus.

Salt is used in the manufacturing of aluminum to purify it

During the process of making aluminum, salt is introduced into the process to remove iron, other metals, and contaminates from the aluminum. If these other metals and contaminates were left in the aluminum, the aluminum would not be safe to be used around our food. For example, you would not be able to use an aluminum pie pan to bake in, you would not be able to use aluminum foil to wrap your food in, and you would not be able to drink your favorite soda out of an aluminum can. It is important for these other metals and contaminates to be removed so that the aluminum is pure.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

You should always tell the truth to those around you. You should tell the truth to lost people and Christians. You should tell the truth to everyone. Truth, no matter how unpopular or how unwanted it is weighs heavy against the lies that oppose it. The truth exposes the lie for what it is and when the lie has been exposed, only the truth remains. Always tell the truth.

Salt makes you thirsty

Movie theater popcorn makes you thirsty that is why you buy a soda. Have you ever noticed at a bar that there are salty snacks such as peanuts, chips, cashews and such? The bar gives you free salty snacks because they know that you will buy more drinks to quench your thirst. It is how the bar makes money. By giving you free salty snacks, you buy drinks because you don’t want to be thirsty anymore.

What does this mean to you as a disciple?

You are salt. Your life, speech, actions, everything about you is to be so salty that you make lost people thirsty for Jesus. This means that you should be passionate and devoted to Jesus. Passion is contagious. Making others thirsty for Jesus is done by sharing the gospel with them and sharing about what God is currently teaching you and what He is doing right now in your life. You are to make the person thirsty for Jesus. Jesus will satisfy their thirst.

  • Matthew 5:6
  • John 6:35
  • John 4:12-15

Jesus is the only One who can satisfy their thirst. You have tasted the sweet water that only comes from being wrecked and redeemed by Jesus. You as salt, are to make another person thirsty for Jesus and then you are to take them to the living source of water that you drink from so that their thirst may be satisfied.

I pray that we see many people dying of thirst find their thirst satisfied by being wrecked and redeemed by Jesus. I pray that those people will become disciples of Jesus and make other disciples of Jesus.