You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13
When Evelyn Salt was released from a North Korean prison, the love of her life was waiting for her at the exchange. Salt was a CIA agent and her first statement to him was, “Why are you here? You are not safe with me!” His response caught my heart, “I don’t want to be safe, I know you and I want to be with you.”
If that won’t tickle your humanity, I don’t know what will.
Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth. His call for us is not to be safe. Yet you want to be. Safe for yourself. Safe from others’ ridicule. You want to be safe from peer pressure that you don’t want friends or office mates to tag you as fanatic. You want to be safe from what others might say about your Christian beliefs. You want to be safe in conforming with the not-so-positive culture of your family or clan when they come together. For when we want to be safe, we lose our taste, thrown away and trampled underfoot. No good for anything.
His call for us is to live a life knowing him and being with him- to be the salt of the earth. It’s not a guarantee to safety. It’s a guarantee of loyalty. It’s a symbol of you stick with him no matter what the price is. Knowing what he will do so you know what you will do. Being with him when you are with others or alone with yourself.
Don’t be on the safe side. Know him, be with him. Tickle the earth. Be the salt.