Studying Greek words in the New Testament can be an interesting adventure. A prior study through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 was no exception.
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 by Jesus was not the usual Greek word translated good. This word involves health, specifically good health.
When used in the context of the analogy and leadership influence, we find a powerful idea.
As leaders in the kingdom of God, our influence should be that which contributes 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.