You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste,
how shall its saltiness be restored?
In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is asking by what means can one’s saltiness become salty again. And if Jesus is asking the question, it seems to me, it must be important for us to consider how salty we are and how to live a restored life. For me, this translates into something like: by what means can my soul be restored so that I am once again seasoned for ministry in which God is inviting me to participate.
I am spending this month reflecting on what it means to live a restored life. The Study Guide for John Ortberg’s book Soulkeeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You offers these characteristics (pg.124) for consideration:
~It is able to say yes or no without anxiety or duplicity.
~It is able to speak with calm confidence and honesty.
~It is willing to disappoint anybody if needed, but it’s ready to bless everybody.
~It has a mind filled with more noble thoughts—just good thoughts—than could ever be spoken.
~It shares without thinking.
~It sees without being judgmental.
~It is so genuinely humble that each person seen is an object of wonder.
As you reflect on these questions, do you think that your soul possessing these characteristics would cause your saltiness to be restored? Certainly! To that end, may we allow our living Lord Jesus Christ to graciously restore our saltiness and our souls for the sake of God’s Kingdom.