The Optimism of Jesus
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13
It is surprising to hear the optimism in Jesus’ voice when he says that every disciple could and should be salt in the world. His statement seems almost too bold considering how simple and obscure His first followers were. As author E. Stanley Jones described this statement: “It takes one’s breath away!”
From where did such optimism come? It came from Jesus’ faith and experience with the power of perfect love. He was abiding in His Father’s perfect and pure love and He knew that His disciples could do the same if they believed in Him.
Salt preserves what is good. Salt stops things from becoming tasteless. Salt keeps things from rotting. In the same way Jesus could see His followers having these same effects on every culture where they would live. They could keep life good, with flavor and free of rot. They could if they would abide in His perfect love 24 X7 and moment by moment.
Jesus looked on His first disciples with optimism and they lived up to His optimism. They were salt of the earth in their time.
Now it is our time and Jesus looks on us optimistically. Perfect love is always optimistic and always the same. We need to see ourselves optimistically through His eyes. It is our time to be salt.