How a Christian Can Lose Value

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Jesus on the Mount was teaching his followers how they should conduct themselves (Matthew 5:2). Any Christian is a follower of Christ.

After teaching them the beatitudes, he used salt and light to describe a Christian. He said his follwers are the salt of the earth but if the salt lost its savour, it is good for nothing and cast out to be trodden under the foot of men (Matthew 5:13).
  
Salt is used to season food, but how can a salt lost its savour?  To lost savour means to become tasteless. No matter how long a salt stays unused, it still keeps its taste. A salt can only lost it savour when it gets corrupted. For example, adding sand or detergent to it spoilt its taste and renders it useless. 

The Christian as a salt serve different functions to the unbelievers. Just as a salt is white and distinct so he is distinct and everyone looking up to him. That’s why Christ called every Christian “the light of the world” and “a city set on a hill” (Matthew 5:14). He is a point of focus and a center of attraction. 

The Christian can lose his savour when he gets corrupted and does the evil others do. Jesus says he is cast out just as a salt is thrown through the window and falls to the ground and everyone steps on it. This implies he will be mishandled, embarrass, insulted and rejected by the unbelievers even if they initially seem to accept him when he continues doing the evil they do (1 Peter 2:12).

The Christian serves as salt, preserving the hearts of men both by words and deed. He is expected to exhibit wisdom and grace in speech (Colossians 4:6). He should let the Holy Spirit control the doors of his lips  (Psalm 141:3). An adage says that an empty vessel makes the loudest noise, but the voice of a Christian does more because his words carry more weight and travels faster than the words of others. 

Have you ever wondered why after a professing genuine man of God makes a speech and probably misinterpreted, it is quickly picked up by the press and the man of God receive a heavy backlash from the public. He comes later on and say that he never said so. Some other person who is not a believer can make a similar remark and will to be ignored by all like no one said anything. 

A Christian is not expected to speak against government authorities (1 Peter 2:13-17). No government comes into power without the knowledge and approval of God, whether good or evil. He should instead pray always for all those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2). 

A Christian speaking against government authority again in this context can be cast out and trampled by feet of men when he is arrested and assaulted by governmental agencies. 

Let every Christian continue to act as salt to the Earth, giving seasoning and sweetness to the world while it last even if it is not valued by the world. The time will come when the salt (Christians) is taken away (at the rapture) and the world will know their value. 

A cook may not know the value of a salt until the food is ready. After being eaten by the household he receives a backlash from them that he is a bad Cook. He is thence sacked and cast out of the house in the night hour (outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth). 
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