I continue to marvel at the words of Jesus to his followers who gathered around him on the hillside, better known to us as the ‘sermon on the mount’. It was more than a sermon. It was probably the greatest team talk ever! He said, among other things, ‘you are the salt of the earth’. Behind the thrust of his words is the mandate to ‘be salt’ in the world, to bring the life and flavour of the Kingdom of God to your world, wherever your life takes you. We too often mistake the notion of missionary service as that special kind of Christian service that takes us to a different land to our own.

We too often mistake the notion of “missionary service” as that special kind of Christian service that takes us to a different land on our own. However, the notion of being ‘salt’ is about the notion of mission being part of our normal, everyday lives – in our home life, and especially in our place of work. The challenge of Jesus to his followers on the hillside that day is really a calling to bring the flavour and the influence of the Gospel into our work environment simply by the manner in which we live our lives as followers of Christ.

We too often mistake the notion of missionary service as that special kind of Christian service that takes us to a different land to our own. However, being “salt” just means that “mission” should be a part of our normal, everyday lives – in our home life, and especially in our place of work. The challenge of Jesus to his followers on the hillside that day is really a calling to bring the flavour and the influence of the Gospel into our work environment simply by the manner in which we live our lives as followers of Christ.

For those who work in Government, it is a wonderful opportunity to bring the flavour and influence of the Kingdom of God by simply living a consistent Christian life. Words are less important than manner, less important than graciousness, less important than simply living the life of Christ by example. Those who work in Government know from experience the enormous pressures of the political life and the strains and stresses that often come that challenge our personal principles and standards. We might mistakenly believe that we could better serve God by spending our lives in a more Christian setting, perhaps full-time ministry. But there is no greater calling than to be ‘salt’ in those places that have the greatest need to experience the rich flavour of the Kingdom of God.

We need Christians to simply be ‘Christian’ in their everyday workplace – there is no greater ministry calling.  We can take heart from the words of Jesus who encourages us – not only that it just takes a few grains of salt to change the flavour of a meal, but that the salt has to be in the meal to be of any influence. For those who work in Government, perhaps you can feel overwhelmed by the sheer size and relative weight of the system for your life to be of any influence. But to believe that would be to negate the thrust of the message from Jesus to us – that small as we may feel we are, of little influence perhaps – but the power of one life lived faithfully by the grace of God will change the flavour of the situation in which you find yourself. So be encouraged – Government is big, but like salt, your life can bring the flavour of the Kingdom of God into your world, because Christ is with you too.