Welcome back to my daily series on Jesus' lessons for intentional living. Yesterday, Jesus began his teaching ministry. We examined the opening statement of the greatest words ever spoken. Today, we’ll continue digging into his teachings. Jesus said:
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” (5:13)
How does this relate to minimalism or to simple living? One reason, and today’s post will be a short one. This is the first time in the Bible that Jesus makes a declarative value statement. Salt that’s lost its flavor is no good. Un-salty salt is less valuable than the salt which serves its purpose.
In context, Jesus is saying that if we compromise what makes us uniquely us, we’ll be unprofitable to the kingdom of God. He later says that a city on a hill shouldn’t hide its light. Rather, that city ought to keep its lanterns burning as a signal to weary travelers in the night, like neon motel ‘vacancy’ signs.
Those neon lights serve a purpose. They say, Come on in! We’re home! Welcome—stay here as long as you’d like. Jesus goes on to say, you wouldn’t light a candle and hide it under a bowl; what good is that light? It's not fit for its purpose.
Jesus is talking metaphorically, giving examples of how damaging it’d be for a Christian to hide their true beliefs and compromise their convictions. But the value statement, that some salt is better than others, reveals a wonderful principle for minimalists to follow.
This value statement speaks to the function and profitability of a particular item. Is there something you’re holding onto that no longer serves its purpose? that no longer has value? Let it go.