By: Pastor Dr. Michelle Lyston
Matthew 5: 13 says:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
God’s Word tells us that believers (in Him) are “the salt of the earth” and so, as Christians – as followers of Christ – we must recognize that in order to have its flavor, salt MUST go through one of two processes – Evaporation or Mining.
I learnt that the simplest method of evaporating brine is solar evaporation, but this can only be done in hot, dry, sunny places. The brine – the salt water from the ocean or salt lake – is collected into shallow ponds and allowed to evaporate in the sun. Evaporation means that it will go under the extreme heat of the sun and that heat is intensified because the brine is put in a shallow pool area so that evaporation takes place even faster. Further to that, while in the process of evaporation, the insoluble impurities – those things that will not dissolve away, but will have to be found and literally pulled out of the salt – such as sand and clay and slightly soluble impurities such as calcium carbonate settle to the bottom as evaporation begins. The brine is pumped or moved by gravity flow to another pond where calcium sulfate settles out as evaporation continues. The remaining brine is moved to yet another pond where the salt settles out as evaporation proceeds.
I also learnt that Rock Salt is mined from underground. Sometimes pressure from deep inside the Earth forces up large masses of rock salt to form salt domes. Once salt is detected, a drill is used to dig the area and dynamite placed in the holes. Then the area is blasted and the rocks of salt fall to the ground crushed. It is then collected/harvested and then brought in for further crushing. After that, the salt is separated by particle size, and there is further purification so that the non-salt elements are removed to ensure that pure salt remains.
If we are going to be the Salt of the Earth as the Jesus Christ has instructed us to be, then we must yield to the process He allows us to go through. There are some of us that will experience situations that are surface-level issues like protocol, how to deal with people at all levels, learning how to serve others well. The shallow pool the salt water is put in for processing is out in the open where anyone can view it, and that represents how publicly exposed God can allow our situations to be. But when the heat is added to the situation – when the situation intensifies, then our truths are revealed – our hearts, our attitudes, our fears, our weaknesses and our mindsets. While all this is happening, many automatically begin to focus on the negatives we may see in the situation, and that is when we find out about our real selves. It is at that point the enemy of our souls capitalizes on this exposure and uses it to guilt us into running away from the process; but God is saying to us, “Focus on being the pure salt I am causing you to be.” God is only allowing your ‘insoluble impurities’ to be revealed, not to embarrass or destroy you, but to allow you to see what exists within you that would hinder you fulfilling your purpose and to remove it from you (if you let Him) so that you can be pure salt for His use – to flavor the earth!
Interestingly, like the Rock Salt domes, there are those of us that God has to drill, dig and blast into – the hurt, the pain, the rejection, the loneliness, the hopelessness, the depression, the anger, the bad memories, the continual doubting of His voice, the breaking and scarring of our hearts, our deepest (untold) fears, the negative mindset and stubborn will we have, and He has to allow us to go through what seems like a dynamite field sometimes to get us to where He need us to be. Yet, even in all this, He is digging away at our hearts so that instead of a heart of stone – a hard heart, we have a heart of flesh that is pliable in His hands, and we learn how to love again and live again. He digs away at our fears and our mindsets to build our faith and confidence and to allow us to experience Him fully and deeply and be pliable in His hands so that our purpose is fulfilled. He is ultimately training us so that we will accomplish our earthly mission.
Revelation: The salt has to be broken up – shattered to pieces – in order to be effectively used and to cover more ground. In Genesis 19: 26, Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt, which means she became hardened, inactive, unusable and ultimately stuck in one place – frozen in the position of looking back. We cannot allow ourselves to become pillars of salt. If we keep looking back at the past and what we used to enjoy before the process began – if we don’t let go of the old us, old mindset, old attitudes – then we are positioning ourselves to become ineffective, unprocessed and unable to be used by God, and as a result we are aborting our own purpose. We can’t look back and yearn for the old us and the old things when God is shaping a new and better you. If we become pillars of salt then we become hard and unusable and we will be left behind. We need to be broken to be used.
So instead of fighting Him on these things – instead of fighting with God through your processing/complaining about the process, He wants us to yield to the process He is allowing us to go through – because He knows what He is doing. It is through this process that our spiritual muscles are built and we develop our trust and faith in God – our All-Powerful, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God!
In 2 Samuel 22: 35 the Lord says, “He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” So when we come up against resistance against our purpose we must push back – with the Word of God and by following His instructions, and allow our spiritual muscles to be strengthened.
He says in Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” He knows how to get us to where He needs us to be for Him.
Ultimately, don’t stop going, doing or being for God and in God – our Creator. You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 3). Remember that you are more than a conqueror through Him Who loved us (Romans 8: 37). Know that ALL things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to HIS purpose! (Romans 8: 28)
So while the process seems like it’s breaking you down in every possible way, let it break you! Don’t be afraid to be broken, because only then will the pure salt within you be revealed!
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