Salt is an amazing mineral. It has been used for centuries to flavor food, and to preserve meat as well. It has been used for tanning, dyeing, bleaching, and the production of pottery. Salt is even used in the production of many different types of soaps. Today, salt is widely used by the chemical industry to make a variety of products, such as chlorine. You can say that salt has been a gift to humanity since its discovery. However, salt was often difficult to obtain. Due to this, it was a highly valued trade item in ancient times and was even considered a form of currency for many people. So as you can read, the value of salt is great. No wonder why it has been referenced throughout history and throughout the Scriptures. However, my message for you all today is not about salt, but about a promise that God made to those, He has separated for His service. This promise was called the “Covenant of Salt” and is found in the eighteenth chapter of the book of Numbers. In this message, I will discuss what exactly this covenant means to us, how outside elements can affect this promise, and how to live a life full of flavor and usefulness to the Lord.
Let us start at the beginning, the eighteenth chapter of the book of Numbers is specifically speaking to the priests and their families. God promised them that they would receive the first fruits of Israel’s harvest (the olive oil, wine, grain, etc.). Even though these first fruits were not consumed by the Lord’s altar, as the religious rights of that time, they were turned over to the priests and their families. God openly gave the best of what was offered to Him to the people that He called into service. All of these provisions from the people’s holy offerings for the priests were signs of God’s covenant blessing to them. Their provision was called an everlasting covenant of salt. One can say as long as the salt keeps its flavor, so would this covenant stand. This is why it is written, “Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings the Israelites present to the Lord I give to you and your sons and daughters as your perpetual share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord for both you and your offspring,” (Numbers 18:19, NIV).
You may be asking yourself, how does this promise impact the everyday Christian? Let me answer that question of yours with Scripture. It is written, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light,” (1 Peter 2:9). What this means is that everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a member of God’s royal priesthood. God’s Covenant of Salt extends to every born again Christian who makes glorifying God and working towards the expansion of His kingdom their mission. This is a powerful promise from God to those He calls to serve Him and Him alone. There is no confusion in His promise. If you live a repentant and holy life, He will provide you with the provisions you need. The best of what is given to Him will be given to you. However, this takes us giving God one hundred percent of ourselves. I call this staying salty. This is the very reason why Jesus called us all to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16).
As you have read, you can understand exactly what God’s promise means to us. However, this promise is contingent on how we live. Outside elements or influences can effect this promise. However great salt is, it can lose its value and saltiness if it is exposed to outside elements, and we are no different. To stay salty, we need to focus on the things of the Spirit instead of the things of this world (Romans 8:5). We cannot allow any outside temptations to compromise our value to God and His kingdom. In knowing this, we must always be on guard to protect our hearts and our minds. We need to actively strive to grow closer to God every day and allowing His Spirit to bring us closer to Jesus Christ. Since all believers are spiritual priests, we must never divert ourselves from our priorities to God. What this means is that we must always put God first instead of ourselves. Our Father’s business and His priorities must become our own. Examples of this is living by faith instead of simply living by God’s provisions. It means that we follow all of His ordinances. We need to ensure that we are the first fruits for God, and only then will we be living up to our part of the promise. Anything short of giving God our best is allowing the world to compromise our value or our saltiness as I like to say.
Now, how can we live a life full of flavor and usefulness to the Lord? I would like to share six suggestions to help you keep your flavor for the Lord. This is to keep hold of His promise of provisions over our lives. First, we need to develop and keep a kingdom vision. This means that we must take time to reflect and see how best do we fit into God’s plan. This “kingdom” vision is extremely important because it influences the choices we make daily. If you focus firstly on maintaining a kingdom vision, you are less likely to be tempted by this world. Secondly, you need to develop a solid team. What this means is developing a tight inner circle of Christians. You will pray and push one another to meet the kingdom goals you set for yourself. Speak to this team regularly and openly. If you find yourself struggling with something, let them know because they will lift you up in prayer. Third, make a plan. This plan does not have to be complicated or foolproof, simply think about where you want to be spiritually and make a plan to disciple yourself to get there. Fourth, watch your tongue. Being a spiritual priest, we must always be mindful to only speak life. If we speak negativity or death over anything or anyone, we are compromising ourselves and this compromises our saltiness. Fifth, be the good news. Live a life of example for others to emulate. Lastly, do not seek out honor. Being salty means that we now our place and that all the glory goes to God. Everything we say or do is to glorify Him instead of looking good in front of others!
In today’s message, I have shared with you what the covenant of salt means, I explained how outside elements can compromise the effectiveness of this covenant, and I shared with you all how to live a life full of flavor for the Lord. However, like most teachers, I can only share God’s message to you. It is up to you to reflect on what I shared and apply it in your life. Do you want a life full of provisions? Do you want a life where you actually put God first instead of yourself? Do you want a life when after you die and meet Jesus face-to-face that He can tell you that He is proud of you and that you were the salt of this earth? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you know what to do. Focus on the covenant of salt. Focus on anything that is compromising you, and give that to God. This is what it means to stay salty, and I pray that we can all stay salty my friends. God bless you and thank you for your time. Amen!