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
Back in February, my wife and I went to Costa Rica
on a mission trip, and I had the opportunity to teach and share Biblical truths
with my brothers and sisters in Costa Rica. One of those opportunities came
when I was asked to tell the parable of "The Ugly Duckling."
The story's main character is a "duckling"
that compares himself to the other duckling and finds himself to be
"ugly." What he doesn't know is that he is not a duck but a swan. He
doesn't find this out until he meets a group of swans. The "ugly
duckling" was abused and made fun of because he didn't know his true
In the same way, we need to be reminded from time to
time of who we are. Jesus says to his disciples that we "are the salt of
the earth," and also says that the salt that loses its
saltiness "is no longer good for anything." There are
many ways that this verse can be understood, but for me, today, I feel
drawn to the saltiness issue.
Saltiness is the essence of salt; it is what makes salt
to be salt. In comparison, a disciple of Christ is someone that holds his
teachings (John 8:31), and in essence: a disciple is someone who wants to be
like his rabbi, and is willing to do anything it takes to do so. This
makes me ask myself two questions, and I invite you to ask these two
questions to yourself:
First, Have I lost my saltiness? In other
words: Have I lost the desire to do whatever it takes, even to die to myself
(Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:39) to follow Christ, to be like Him, and
to glorify Him?
And second, If I have lost my saltines, do I want
to get it back? Am I willing to let Jesus restore my saltiness?