As I was awakened by the Holy Spirit at 4:00 A.M. one morning there was a sense that there was something wonderful to learn. I went on a journey of revelation that ended up as a declaration to be and encourage others to be. To be “salt shakers”. God started to speak to me about all the properties and meanings of such a small thing and unpacked all the beauty in it. Salt is used to season and be a flavor enhancer, it preserves and purifies, it is an essential part of the diet, and it is a symbol for wisdom.
As Jesus spoke to a crowd of people and His disciples in what is known as the “Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes”, He spoke of the characteristics of those who are “blessed”, but in reality they all reflect the characteristics of being like Jesus. An example is Matthew 5:7 (TPT) “How satisfied you are when you demonstrate tender mercy! For tender mercy will be demonstrated to you.” He goes on to say in verse 13, “Your lives are like salt among the people. But if you, like salt, become bland, how can your ‘saltiness’ be restored? Flavorless salt is good for nothing and will be thrown out and trampled by others.”
As those who are believers of Jesus Christ, we are to be distinct just as the the flavor of salt is and season the world with this distinct taste. It is the ability to be merciful and extend grace to others because we know that we serve a God who extends to us grace and mercy. In Mark 9:50 it says, “Your lives, like salt, are to season and preserve. So don’t lose your flavor, and preserve the peace in your union with one another.” Jesus was one who left no place or person He encountered unseasoned. He demonstrated how to speak truth in love. He showed us how to love on people despite what they have done in their lives, but does it in a way that does not stray from the truth and wisdom of God. He did not isolate or shun anyone, but drew them close so they may be redeemed, healed, and transformed.
We learn in Colossians 4:5-6 the following principle, “Walk in the wisdom of God as you live before the unbelievers, and make it your duty to make him known. Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. For then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.” It is a walk that is not just about what we do, but who we are. No one is perfect and we all are going through individual journeys in this life, but if we are followers of Jesus, there should be something about the “flavor” of our lives that gets the attention of others who may not know Him. We learn how to live that life by seeking the wisdom of God.
I thought it was interesting that in our bodies if we have a deficiency of sodium (salt) it is called hyponatremia and one of the symptoms is the decreased ability to think or confusion. I am sure that no one likes to live a life of confusion. I have been there and it is not much fun. I am still learning each and every day. I constantly remind myself that God did not give me (and you) a spirit of fear, but a spirit of courage, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) and I pray continually for God to give me wisdom. In conclusion, I want to encourage you as you set out to be salt shakers, to seek and ask God for wisdom. As we pour into others, we need to be continually seasoned with grace and wisdom ourselves. I heard someone quote a scripture that I was not familiar with the other day and I thought it was worth meditating on. 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV) says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
Proverbs 2:1-11,20-21 (TPT) “My child, will you treasure my wisdom? Then, and only then, will you acquire it. And only if you accept my advice and hide it within will you succeed. So train your heart to listen when I speak and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment- then pass it on to your sons and daughters. Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight. For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver, searching in hidden places for cherished treasure, then you will discover the fear of the Lord and find the true knowledge of God. Wisdom is a gift from a generous God and every word he speaks is full of revelation and becomes a fountain of understanding within you. For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom made accessible to his godly lovers. He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways, protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right. Then you will discover all that is just, proper , and fair, and will be empowered to make right decisions as you walk into your destiny. When wisdom wins your heart and revelation breaks in, true pleasure enters your soul. If you choose to follow good counsel, divine design will watch over you and understanding will protect you from making poor choices. Follow those who follow wisdom and stay on the right path. For all my godly lovers will enjoy life to the fullest and will inherit their destinies.”