I took a bite of the oatmeal, and nearly choked.
With limited options to jump-start your body for the day, breakfast can be a challenge to enjoy. Sometimes, this is why I head for a salad, cold pizza, or simply down a green kale smoothie as quickly as possible.
When you take a mouthful of smooth, creamy oats, there should be subtle hints of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and last but not least, salt. Oats cooked without salt don't even deserve the name oatmeal. The pot is worth tossing before serving, and the oats worth choking on instead of swallowing.
I stared at the large pot of oats served to me that morning many years back, and I wanted the salt shaker desperately. Was it rude to ask for? The large pot of saltless oats sat in the center of ten hungry bodies, and I was convinced was sure cause for a doomed day.
A splash of salt could add so much flavor to my bowl. Without it, I finally choked down those oats.
Jesus says His disciples are the salt of the earth. A large earth full of human people doing all their own things is like a large pot full of oats with no flavor. Jesus wants His children to bring a splash of the good and real into the mush pot. Instead, we try to fit right in with the flavorless world as if we weren't supposed to be salt at all.
Matthew 5:13 says, “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.”
You might want to toss out that saltless oatmeal and forget that the world often wishes it could toss out saltless Christians as well. A religious hypocrite is often worse to be around than a non-believer, but a disciple of Christ full of His Spirit brings life and light to all those around him.
Just as salt changes the flavor of the breakfast pot, so a Christian is to change the atmosphere around him. If we're not changing the atmosphere around us, we are not the salt of the earth. Truth is, whatever we are most engaged and in love with is what we will bring into the atmosphere wherever we go.
Salt changes things. Salt makes one go from spitting out the oats, to appreciating each wholesome bite. A small amount of salt flavors large amounts of food, and a little sprinkle goes a long way.
A jar of tasteless salt takes up space in the cupboard and ends up a useless, annoying commodity. At first taste, we wish to toss the thing.
Christians void of Spirit inspired life are the same. They make noise but give no life. Jesus wants us to scatter life, joy, and His Presence everywhere we go; these are the marks of a true Christian. Anything less, and the world will turn up its nose and wish to avoid us.