The Salt Of The Earth
What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? In our culture we have plenty of salt. In fact, we have too much. If you haven’t noticed before, check out the sodium content in any frozen meal you eat. Chances are there is enough salt for a year in your TV dinner. Perhaps your doctor has even told you to cut back on salt so that your heart doesn’t do crazy stuff… like kill you. To understand what Jesus meant when he said “you are the salt of the earth” we need some perspective.
Two-thousand years ago salt was a hot comodidty, much like oil is today. The person (or rather the kingdom) that controlled the salt trade had incredible power over the food supply. The ability to preserve food was vital to city life in the Roman empire. If you take away Rome’s power to preserve food for the city populations, you knock the empire back from being a trade-oriented culture to a purely agricultural one. Wealth goes down, and power goes to another empire. Salt was crucial to the stability of the empire. Kinda changes your perspective on Jesus’s saying, does it not? “YOU are the salt of the earth.” Meaning YOU, children of God, have the real power. YOU, with my Spirit living in you, can bring life to others. YOU are vital to God’s plan for ushering in a new Kingdom.
So it’s a new year for ministry. How will you usher in God’s kingdom for your youth ministry this year? We are called to disciple students and teach them that God’s kingdom is more important than any earthly one. Have you thought about your youth ministry in Kingdom language before? Ask yourself in 2013:
- How can our youth ministry bring the Kingdom of God to earth?
- How can our youth ministry usher in the reign of Christ in families and schools?
- What are some creative ways we can bring true vitality to our congregation?
Being the salt of the earth is a big deal. Only God’s people get that responsibility and priviledge. As a student minister or volunteer, you have the priviledge of teaching teens what it means to bring God’s reign to earth. This year, let’s not be about programs and activities, but about building the Kingdom. Let’s choose discipleship over entertainment; God’s reign over our agendas.
We’ve provided a free Bible study for your group on what it means to be the salt of the earth. Our prayer is that this year, you could lead students and parents toward living as citizens of God’s kingdom above all else. The “Salt of The Earth” lesson can be found in the Ideas Toolbox part of our site on the Bible Studies page.