I enjoy looking at Greek language of the New Testament. Last week was no exception as I was studying through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.
In the early part of the lesson, Jesus speaks about the powerful nature of our influence, identifying His disciples as the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
By using these two analogies, Jesus indicates the difference we should make in the world where we live.
Jesus uses an interesting term when He says; “if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything…”
The word used here is not the usual Greek word translated as good. This word involves health, more specifically, good health.
When used in the context of the analogy and in connection to leadership, we find a powerful idea.
As leaders in the kingdom of God, if we lose our influence (tasteless salt), we lose the ability to contribute to the spiritual health and well-being of others.
When heaven is the ultimate destiny, our leadership must be good for others to reach the destination.