17th May 2013

Salty quotes 

“You are the salt of the earth.”

Matthew 5:13 (NIV UK) 

Most of us are familiar with the scripture above. I have heard many sermons themed around it. Also, it has been quoted in different ways. One of my favourite quotes is from the English writer, Rebecca West. She said, “nobody likes salt being rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth”. 

Another quote is from the Sadhu Sundar Singh, an Indian Christian missionary. Singh, who had been a member of the Sikh faith, accepted the grace of Christ in 1903 and went on to preach in India and Tibet until his death in 1929. He referred to salt in this way, “Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Spirit, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which He imparts to us”. 

Pentecost is often a time when Christians think about evangelism. We see it as a reminder to engage in mission through the power of God’s Spirit within us. We, who are the salt of earth, desire to bring others to Christ that they may taste and see that the Lord is good. 

Both of the quotations about salt have something to tell us about evangelism. Evangelism involves gentleness, especially when people are vulnerable in some way. Also, evangelism is not our work: it is the work of the invisible Spirit who witnesses to Christ’s love within us. 

As we spread the gospel in word and in deed, let’s be gentle and let the Spirit do Christ’s work of love in and through us. 

Heavenly Father, let others taste of your salvation through the work of the Spirit within us. In Jesus’ name.


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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