Did We Forget The Salt?

imageHas the church lost its flavor?

Have I lost my flavor?

Have you lost your flavor?

Makes me think so much. As we approach an arctic blast for NYC, how often we approach those in life. It’s not easy being in it. Because it gets pretty cold sometimes, I tell you!

Jesus said to his climbing companions, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Matthew 5:13

I found this written in a book called, “Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Say Nothing at All,” by Karen Ehman. I was immediately led to the 6th chapter, “Behind the Screen.”

Many times I log into Social Media and I feel like canceling my accounts just by the nonsense pictures, some rude comments or trashy photos. It rarely edifies me, so I find myself using it less and less, especially Facebook. It must be because of the first option, “What’s on Your Mind” that many feel the need to share so many unnecessary things.

People insult others “indirectly.”

People share meaningless things.

People get misled by what they see on the news feeds.

Nowadays, social media is actually the platform of where you hear that people are getting married, having a baby or in the hospital. Rather than call “special people” first…now it is just easier to hit the share button so that we notify the masses.

What about those that matter to you the most. Why do we put them in the same bucket as the masses?

Jesus didn’t do this. Jesus didn’t teach this. For even among his 12, He managed to have 3 within so that He can have intimate fellowship for His true purpose. He had Peter, James & John.

In life—we will have our own “Peter, James & John” too!

So at this mountain—He taught His climbing companions precious things. He taught them power principles that would carry them to be effective, fruitful and peaceful. He taught them the principle of SALT. Just like Karen Ehman wrote in this 6th chapter… What does salt actually do? What does it mean? Why did Jesus use salt as an example?

I am stuck on the first bullet point alone. Salt is a flavor enhancer.

“Most traditional baked dessert recipes include salt. One time I forgot to add salt to a mint brownie recipe. When I tasted it I could tell something was wrong. There was plenty of mint and cocoa powder, the two main flavors of the dish, but somehow it just didn’t taste right.”
“Keep It Shut” Chapter 6, Page 106 by Karen Ehman

I love this example. Because even if we have MAIN ingredients…if we are missing the KEY ingredient, it is JUST NOT THE SAME! This is what we call real and authentic.

Separating the false from the truth.

Many people possess “main ingredients” too. They are talented and gifted individuals. Strong leaders in the kingdom indeed but if we are missing the SALT, then what do we got? If it is not present—that KEY ingredient, there will obviously be something wrong with us. Something not flavorful makes a strong difference. It is noticeable.

I think what makes us truly flavorful is the tangible power and presence of God also referred to as the anointing. This is something that we should never lose sight of. Because if we have the presence of God and we are really filled with His spirit, then we won’t be those type of people that are causing havoc across the earth. Especially for the masses like Social Media. People are hurt. Children are bullied and relationships get severed. OVER A POST!


Like what can we do about that but pray about everything, even with using the mass media.

I think I got so upset in my soulish realm with some of the likers and strikers that I told my team, “I AM CANCELING FACEBOOK ASAP!” I thought I could open up a new one—a private one later on. All things new right? LOL

But actually we could have account after account—that doesn’t solve the real issue.

It is the heart that matters.

It is the salt on the earth.

I have to deal with these issues in the most mature and godly way. It is not only that these social platforms can be so harmful but how can I still be “SALT” using them the right way. Just because many choose to use it the WRONG way…doesn’t mean that I have to.

I will use it LESS! That is for certain.

For as the Word declares, “I have the right to do anything,” you say –but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” –but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12

I want to be a salt to those around me. Someone flavorful, pleasurable, motivational, inspirational, insightful and positive. For if I don’t see much of that, I can still strive to do so myself and continuously work at these heart issues every time that those things offend me. I have to be stronger. I can’t allow the enemy to use this as a source for me. I must search for the positive in all.

I do thank God that He has definitely put me around a team of people that are SALT to me. Always speaking words of encouragement and words of life, even if they go through it themselves.




About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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