How To Actually Be The Salt Of The Earth

Have you ever tried to do good simply by being nice to people, only to find out it wasn't working? OK, great. I'm not the only one.  

Most of us struggle a bit with the truth: that being sweet isn't the same thing as being loving. They aren't interchangeable, but a lot of girls have a difficult time understanding that. They think that because they made someone feel better in a moment of sadness, they’re loving their neighbor as themselves. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with being sweet or trying to cheer someone up. It’s just that, as Christians, we’re called to do more than a surface-level clean up.

"Being sweet isn't the same thing as being loving."

I often find myself pulling away with a sweet word to a friend, right as I’m supposed to be engaging her. I offer her something nice–perhaps a compliment so she doesn’t dwell on whatever’s making her sad. But all this does is make me feel better, and make my friend feel more disconnected than ever.

"Jesus called us to be salt, not sugar."

We’re not just supposed to wipe away tears; we’re supposed to help solve the problem that caused them. We’re not just supposed to be nice to people.  We’re supposed to invest in people. It’s great to be a sweet girl, but that can’t be the extent of how we live out the great commandment. Jesus called us to be salt, not sugar. Here are three practical ways you can be the salt in your community.


1.You are the truth-tellers of the earth.

As followers of Christ, we must speak the truth in all things. Now, I’m not saying that you should go around spewing scripture as if it’s the only language you speak, but we want to make sure that the words we use align with scripture. Everything we do should be a testament to the ultimate truth: That we are forgiven and redeemed by the creator of the universe.  

2. You are the preservationists of the earth.

All around us, this world is decaying. Darkness tries to swallow up our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our people. But one of the main properties of salt is that it’s a preservative–it keeps things from decaying. As the salt of the earth, we have this ability too. We have the ability to step into God’s good creation and keep it from decaying into darkness.

 

3. You are the healers of the earth.

In Christ’s day and age, salt was used in wounds to prevent the spread of infection and to heal. The wounded and the hurting are all around us, and God calls us to step into their lives as healers. He doesn’t expect us to do this on our own, but God uses us as His ambassadors to go out into the world and heal it. All we need to do, is point the hurting back to Him.


Sometimes it’s easier on us just to be sweet to people. Being sweet only requires a small bit of us to be able to help someone not feel so bad for a moment. But we are called to be truth-tellers, preservationists, and healers. The Kingdom of God requires every ounce of us. When we think on and meditate on the word of God and all that He’s done for us, we get the courage and the desire to go all in–to be the salt of the earth.

"You are the truth-tellers, healers, and preservationists of the earth."


Erin Weidemann
Erin Weidemann

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Erin Weidemann is a teacher turned professional author and speaker. A former college athlete, Erin is also a five-time cancer survivor. She lives in Encinitas, California with her husband Brent and their daughter Rooney. Alongside her husband, she is the co-founder of Bible Belles, a company that helps girls discover real beauty through the female heroes of the Bible.



2 Responses

Sandra
Sandra

November 15, 2016

Where was this site 21 years ago? You have some beautiful and inspirational information on this page that every young girl should know and some of us grown women need to be reminded of. Christ calls us to come to him like little children and it is refreshing at times to read what instruction is being given to our young people. What you have here lets me know that the next generation will be going forth in strength. Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart. I think they sometimes get lost but they find their way back home. God bless your efforts.

Sandra
Sandra

November 15, 2016

Where was this site 21 years ago? You have some beautiful and inspirational information on this page that every young girl should know and some of us grown women need to be reminded of. Christ calls us to come to him like little children and it is refreshing at times to read what instruction is being given to our young people. What you have here lets me know that the next generation will be going forth in strength. Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart. I think they sometimes get lost but they find their way back home. God bless your efforts.

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