“Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
~ Mark 9:50
Pass the salt please. How many times have you heard that phrase at the meal table? But, have you really researched deeper into the word “salt”? Let's dig below the surface, rather than just stay at the salt shaker on the table.
According to Wikipedia, “Some of the earliest evidence of salt processing dates back to around 6,000 years ago, when people living in Romania were boiling spring water to extract the salts”. They also wrote that a “saltworks in China has been found which dates to approximately the same period.”
Salt is unlike any other mineral, and there is a variety of uses for it. Some of them are: a preservative for food, especially meat; a healing substance; it creates thirst; and it adds flavoring to our food. In ancient times, it also was used as an article of trade and trading routes were established to transport it. Wikipedia went on to say that, “Salt has long held an important place in religion and culture”.
In the Old Testament, in the Book of 2 Kings, a miracle is recorded regarding the use of salt. To summarize the miracle: the leaders of Jericho went to Elisha and told him that they had a problem with their water. It was bad water, therefore the land was not being productive. Elisha told them to “bring me a new bowl with salt in it.” When Elisha was given the new bowl of salt, he went out to the “spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it.” The water was made clean and pure.
In the New Testament, in the Book of Matthew, Jesus was teaching and brought up the word “salt” in a different way. He taught that His believers are the “salt of the earth”. However, in the same verse, Jesus continued teaching by giving us a warning. He asked, “But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?” He also asked them, “Could you make it salty again?” In the same verse, He went on to say, “It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” A footnote in my Bible says, “If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God.”(NLT)
So, how should Christians exist as the “salt of the earth”? A few examples are: we should preserve God's Word and pass it on to the next generation; we should speak words “with grace, seasoned with salt”, and they should encourage others. We should flavor our surroundings with the brilliant light of Christ shining from within us; we should live clean and purified lives; we should live in a way that others will begin to thirst for the knowledge and wisdom of God's Word.
As servants of Jesus Christ, may we always keep focused to remain in Him and continue to be the “salt of the earth”. Millie Stamm has written: “We are a savoring influence, a preservation in the world against evil.” She went on to say, “Our influence should have an effect for Jesus Christ on those about us.”
May we glorify Him each day of our life through our thoughts, words, and actions as we pour out “salt” along our pathway!
Lord God, thank You for showing us how to live our life so we can be a godly influence to others. Help us to remain to be the “salt of the earth” and never lose our purpose. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington