Have you ever wondered how salt can lose its saltiness? What does Matthew 5:13 mean when it says that salt can become tasteless? Is it even possible for salt to lose its saltiness and how would that apply to my walk with Jesus? I have contemplated this question many times but only today did the Lord lead me to a blog that explained it to my satisfaction.
I was writing out my daily scripture writing and was led to Matthew 5:13. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
Tired of never understanding that idea, I decided to look on the internet to see if someone out there could explain to me how salt can lose its saltiness. In my quest, I discovered a very informative article at http://deneenwhite.com/.
Coming from a scientific background, she knew the chemical composition of table salt is sodium and chloride. I am not chemistry oriented at all and definitely struggled through high school and college chemistry. While science is not my strength, I do remember salt’s structure as being NaCl on the periodic table of elements. However, my scanty knowledge stops right there.
Deneen explained that when salt is combined with water, it simply mixes. No new compound is formed, no chemical reaction where electrons mingle. The only way for salt to lose saltiness, she explained, would be for a chemical reaction to occur, but because NaCl is so stable with its own tight bond, it maintains its own credibility like a happily married couple. NaCl shares their own electron, however, salt can become diluted through its introduction into water. Or, with the aid of electricity, it could be separated into Na and Cl, breaking up its bond.
So…what does this have to do with a Christian losing saltiness? How can a Christian become tasteless? By diluting the gospel in her life, by becoming complacent, or by compromising truth. How about the Christian who says she believes in Jesus but doesn’t want any changes in her life? In many different ways, we are tempted to follow the crowd, a little lying here, a little bitterness there, a little immoral behavior here, a little anger there, a little legalism here, a judgmental tone there. Any one of these can dilute our effectiveness as a Christian or even be the electric shock that separates the Na from the Cl. Spiritually speaking, watering down our saltiness will eventually render us useless for kingdom work.
NaCl has many purposes such as adding flavor to food, curing food for longevity, creating traction on icy steps, even antiseptic purposes. So the question for us is not necessarily, “How does salt lose its saltiness,” but rather, “How can I maintain my saltiness?”