You Are the Salt of the Earth

Daily God Walk for Saturday, March 13, 2009

  You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.    – Matthew 5:13

 Why did Jesus use the analogy of salt? How are we the salt of the earth? To understand that question we must know a little bit about how salt was used in that time.

We use salt today as a preservative and as an agent to bring out the taste in food. Those are two of the purposes for which salt was used in ancient times, but there were many others. Among the other uses was a ceremonial use in the old covenant, it was used as a fire catalyst and it was also used as a fertilizer according to some accounts.

It seems that in every use of salt it is a catalyst to enhance the use of the thing being salted. Whether it is a preservative, a flavor enhancer, a fire enhancer, a fertilizer, or, as in some cases, an antiseptic to aid in healing, it’s use is the same; it is a catalyst to enhance the thing being salted.

We don’t know which of these applications Jesus was referring to. However, one thing is clear: Jesus is teaching us that we are to be a catalyst for change. We are the salt that draws people to Christ; we are the salt that releases the preserving qualities of the Holy Spirit upon the kingdom; we are the salt that adds flavor to the world.

Luke records another time Jesus used the analogy of salt. He was calling disciples to commitment when he said, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out” (14:34-35).

Many believe Luke’s passage refers to the practice in ancient times when outdoor ovens had blocks of salt on the bottom. The salt would enhance the fire making it burn better. Over time the salt would use its ability to help the fire and would actually affect the cooking process so it would have to be thrown out because it was no longer of use.

Are you useful to Christ in his kingdom?

 Principle:  Jesus taught that we are to be a catalyst for change.

 Affirmation:  Lives are changed by the grace of God in me.

 Prayer:  Lord, I don’t want to be salt that has lost its saltiness. Help me to remain ready for your use. In Jesus name, amen.

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