“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Mat 5:13).
The value of salt is its flavour, not in its colour or appearance. Likewise, the value of any Christian is in one’s ability to season, save and salinise society rather than in one’s religious form. How then do we retain our flavour? Firstly, do not deny the power of the Gospel in preference for religious formalism (2 Tim 3:5). That means we must not be obsessed with good impressions at the expense of substance. Beloved, there’s a vast difference between being prayerful and appearing to be prayerful. The latter is called hypocrisy. That leads us to the second way of retaining your flavouring function: refuse to be hypocritical (Mat 6:2,5). Be genuine and transparent. Thirdly, repent and go back to your first love (Rev 2:5). Don’t accept lukewarmness. Don’t settle for less. Let the zeal of your Father’s house consume you–always, everywhere!