“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. (Matthew 5:13 MSG)
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (Matthew 5:13 NIV)
I love the way Eugene Peterson translates this verse in the Message paraphrase. I want to camp on one phrase he uses that I think amplifies this passage well.
"You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth."
You've probably heard that salt doesn't flavor food. What salt actually does is accentuate the flavor already in the food. It brings it out and makes it much bigger--tastier.
In the same way, we (Christ-followers) are to be the salt of the earth. We don't make anything on earth God-flavored. But we can bring out God's already-present flavor by letting him work in and through us. Basically, we let him shake us out of his heavenly salt shaker (The Church?) all over this world.
So our role isn't to be God. It's to make his already awesome God-flavors in our world more...tasty. We get to salt the earth for our heavenly chef.
What is God saying to you right now?
What are you going to do about it?