As the Lord put on my heart recently, habits are not always a bad thing, but habits tend to take the spiciness out of whatever it is you are doing and without that spiciness you can become dull, bland or even stagnant.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
Salt is a seasoning, but you need to look deeper into the definition to truly understand its full meaning.
Here, the word salt is the Greek word Halas (hal’-as). And it means a seasoning used to season food or to sprinkle sacrifices with. But it also means to fertilize land suitable for crop production, to exhibit wisdom and grace in your speech – to make it stimulating and it is also a symbol of lasting concord because it protects food from putrefaction and preserves it unchanged.
When you fertilize something you make it productive. The word of God teaches us that people are considered seeds. In order for seeds to grow they need some form of nourishment. Though soil in itself has nourishing qualities, fertilizer adds a little extra to the soil in order to make seeds develop stronger and healthier producing a richer product. You give it extra nourishment in order to bring it to the peak of perfection.
As a child of God, YOU are the salt. You are able to make the seeds stronger and healthier.
YOU are the light of the world. This is not talking about Jesus being the light, but it is Jesus talking to His disciples, teaching them YOU are the light. We as disciples of the Lord are a guiding light. We are a city set on a hill that can not be hidden. Jesus is teaching the disciples to not hide that light, but to let it shine so that God may be glorified through your works.
In Romans 12:10-11 we are taught that we should not lag behind in diligence and we should be fervent in spirit.
To be lagging is to be sluggish or backward. Diligence is to strive after something. The word of God teaches us to strive to be Christ like. So to be lagging in diligence would be to stop growing in the love of God, to stop getting to know the Lord better, to stop loving others the way God desires us to.
To be fervent means to have zeal. To have zeal for something means to have a passion for it. We should have a passionate spirit in us to serve God. We should also have a passionate desire in us to love each other the way God desires us to.
So don’t hide that light, but let it shine brightly so that others may see the true God through you. Don’t be afraid to step out of that comfort zone, don’t become tasteless, but be zealous for the Lord, be the salt and let others see that zeal so they can be fertilized!
Continue to remember that though bad habits are hard to break; with good habits the rewards are great. And your rewards in heaven are far greater than they ever will be here on earth.