You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
We are the Salt of the Earth in this world. Things change, however, when we want to please the world and its people rather than God. When taking our focus off the LORD our lives and our words lose their flavor really quick.
But is it only about the flavor?
In today’s world salt is mainly known as a spice. However, it is not only a good taste-improver but also a great preserver of food. Contrary to most reports, salt is good for our bodies —but only the unrefined one. Imagine that, in its purest form, it contains over 80 minerals! How odd that these minerals are called “impurities” and taken out of the natural salt. Salt is also used to cleanse and heal wounds and is antiseptical. With the help of it, some people detoxify (salt flush) their bodies. In other words, true salt has many good uses.
The other side of it…
When applied to a wound, salt stings while cleansing and healing it. Human nature does not like that. It’s very uncomfortable. Given the choice of having to eat either one teaspoon of sugar or one teaspoon of salt, most people would choose the sugar.
The same goes for The Gospel. Naturally, people prefer a sugar-coated or watered-down message over one that is seasoned with salt. They rather have their wounds not healed instead of enduring the stinging pain of salt in them. Remember,
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
If we leave out or take away the healthy and healing parts (what the world calls “impurities” — unacceptable viewpoints) then our lives and words of testimony will lose their flavor.
If the professing people of God lose their distinctive qualities described in the Beatitudes, they become worthless and ineffective.
(The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible)