• Chrissie Angell

Permission to Be Salty

Sometimes I wonder if anything I do will really make a difference in this world.

Pandemic. War. Earthquakes. Famine. I don’t know if the state of the world is impacting you the way it’s affecting me, but to be honest, I’ve had some rough moments recently. I know the tragedies we see happening must occur—Jesus said all these things would take place before His return. (Matthew 24:3-8, Luke 21:7-11)

While I know that to be true, and I look forward to the King’s return with great anticipation, some days, it almost seems too much to bear. I confess, there have been a few moments when I’ve wondered if it’s worth the effort to continue doing the things I feel called to do. I find myself wondering if doing any of those things will actually make a difference.

When the world around us seems to be imploding, does it matter if we keep pushing forward in our Kingdom calling, or do we just give up?

The enemy would love for us to throw in the towel and just quit, wouldn’t he? His goal is to cause chaos and hopelessness, to send the Church into a tailspin, and prevent us from doing what we are called to do on earth, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world so the lost will be saved by Him. (Matthew 28:19-20)

The enemy of God is our enemy as well. And make no mistake, friend, the events occurring in the world today have a purpose unleashed by the enemy of our souls and the enemy of the Almighty Creator. The enemy is on the prowl and desperate to find someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) He is desperate to knock you off your game. Yes, you.

Why would the enemy care about you or me? After all, the world is a vast place with almost eight billion inhabitants. What could he gain by taking one or two of us out of the battle? Jesus explained, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13 (ESV)

God wants His children to be salt in the world on His behalf. He uniquely created each of us with talents, skills, and personalities that enable us to fulfill our Kingdom assignment. He continues to prepare us through our life experiences and the dreams He writes on our hearts throughout our lifetime. When we step into a relationship with Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit supernaturally empowers us with the spiritual gifts we need to complete our mission. He also begins the sanctification process to make us more like Christ Jesus.

God does all of that for a purpose—His purpose. If there is breath left in our lungs, we still have work to do! Whether you’re twenty or one-hundred and ten, if you are still breathing, your Kingdom assignment is not complete, dear friend!

And now, more than ever, the world desperately needs us to complete the tasks set before us by God, the Father. We are each unique in the way we are equipped; that’s what gives us flavor and saltiness. But our diversity plays an even more important role in the Kingdom. Remember, we are all given the same commission, to tell the world about Jesus and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)

But within the Great Commission, we each have specific parts to play. God intentionally designed us differently, giving us unique assignments so He could use us to reach specific people in our small corner of the world. If we allow the enemy to derail our efforts by causing us to feel hopeless or like it doesn’t matter, we miss the opportunity to reach the lost world for the Kingdom of God. If we do not stay the course and fulfill the purpose we are created for, the earth will lose some of the saltiness God intended to use to reach lost souls for Him.

Salt does more than just provide flavor. Did you know if used in a concentration of 20% salt also kills bacteria? Did you know that almost 1/3 of the world’s population professes Christ as Lord? That’s well over 20%! If each of the nearly 2.4 billion Christians on earth walks out their calling every day, this world will look so different because the enemy would flee like bacteria in a high salt concentration. The Church can stop the darkness of the enemy in his tracks. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us! If we think about Matthew 5:13 with that in mind, we can see that we each have an essential role to play in the ministry of the Church.

Friend, this world is a mess. Some days it feels like the enemy is gaining ground, and that may make our flesh want to run for cover. But we are the salt of the earth, and we must not allow that to be taken from us! We, the body of Christ, have supernatural power endowed by the Holy Spirit in each of our lives to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to share His love and hope to a world in need.

We must remember that we are fighting, not “against flesh and blood” but against “the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12). Church, it is time to get salty! It is time to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us every single day because we are in a fight for souls!

The world may be a mess; it is definitely discouraging. I don’t know whether it will get any better before the King returns. But I do know that we, the Church, must continue to obediently and faithfully fulfill our callings because it matters. Every single soul matters to Jesus.

So, let’s get salty to stop the enemy in his tracks by fulfilling our Kingdom assignment as part of the body of Christ!

Faithful Father, thank You for the Hope that is Jesus. Thank You for equipping Your Church to be salt in this world to proclaim the gospel of Jesus throughout the earth. Please help us to be bold and courageous as we live out our Kingdom callings each and every day! We anxiously await the return of our King, but until that day comes, please use us! Here I am, Lord. Use me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Additional Scriptures

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

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