After looking at each word separately, now join the words and their meanings back together. The idea of two parties making a covenant, an agreement with each other with trust as the binding tie. “Salt” gives us the truth that we are tested to trust GOD every day and in every circumstance. We give up (sacrifice) our way and trust His daily manna, His fresh Word, for our lives.
GOD keeps His covenant with us by changing and transforming us through His Spirit (2Cor. 3:18).
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus states, “You are the salt of the earth…” It’s not that we are the preserving agent or influence in the world (though that truth might exist and as we often have taught). But perhaps it’s more about the persecution and trials that come upon those who follow Him (note Matt.5:10-11).
Again in Luke 14:34-35, count the cost of discipleship. Jesus concludes, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”
In Mark 9:49-50 (an admittedly difficult text) “Everyone will be salted with fire.” This is in the context of not causing others to stumble and if you have a weakness (hand, foot or eye) perform spiritual surgery! We will be tested! We are to live our lives in ways that impact others positively for the kingdom, not in ways that cause people to stumble. Do we trust GOD enough to live His way even when we face trials in life? Be blessed today in the Challenge of living in a “Covenant of Salt.”