"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."
Salty snacks like peanuts and potato chips have at least one thing in common. They make us thirsty.
Much has been written on why Jesus described His followers as “the salt of the earth.” Salt was so valuable in ancient times that soldiers were sometimes paid with it. It was used to dry meat and keep food from decay. But when we share the Gospel, the “salty” trait we want to emulate is its ability to create thirst.
Few of us read textbooks for fun. Yet when we share the Bible and the good news of Jesus with children, we often sound like walking textbooks. What would happen if we tried a more “salty” approach?
Does your little boy enjoy adventures? Tell him about David and Goliath or Paul’s shipwreck at Malta. Does your little girl sigh over love stories? Recount the rags-to-riches story of Ruth. Find an account in the Bible to pique that interest and point them to Jesus through it.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would make them thirsty for God. They’ll spend the rest of their lives seeking intimacy with the Lord to satisfy that thirst.
How can you have a salty influence on a child's life? Encourage a thirst for God and His word that only He can quench!