“Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50)

Salt, one of the most common elements of ancient life, is referred to many times in the Bible. On one hand, when applied to food, salt makes food tastier and therefore enhances one’s appetite for the food. On the other hand, salt also acts as a preservative and was used extensively to preserve many foods, especially meat, from spoilage. In addition, salt was used as a part of the sacrifices offered in the temple.

Believers, are encouraged to “Have salt in yourselves and have peace with one another.” This refers to the enhancing, preserving, purifying “salt” of faith in Christ that results in a righteous life.

God wants us to give people an appetite for God and preserve righteousness on the face of the earth. Food does not flavor the salt; instead, the salt flavors the food. Similarly, non-Christians will not give us an appetite for God and preserve righteousness. We must be the salt for them. If we fail, we are no longer serving one of the greatest purposes for which God has placed us in our neighborhood, in our school system, at our office complex, or on our jobs. Nothing helps the cause of Christ more than a believer who gives non-Christians an appetite for God. Nothing hinders the cause of Christ more than Christians who have lost their ability to attract people to Christ.

Through the message that comes from both your lips and your life, give people an appetite for God. When they come to Him, they will find the Bread of Life that satisfies their hunger.

Ask God to make your life a contrast to the lives of non-Christians around you. Ask Him to take out of your life what should not be there and put in what should be there.

Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a post that originally ran in September 2016.