are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his
savour, wher ewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good
for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot
of men” (Matthew 5:13).
New Testament, six verses mention salt. In the Sermon on the
Mount, Jesus referred to his followers as the "salt of the
earth". The apostle Paul also encouraged Christians to "let
your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with
salt" Colossians 4:6).
our condiments, the one we would probably miss the most would
be salt. Hardly a dish is prepared without a bit of salt for
Estimates have been made that salt has 14,000 uses. Americans
alone average use is 400 pounds each per year. This includes
water conditioning, highway salt, agriculture salt, food grade
salt and chemical salt. Animals and humans alike require both
sodium and chloride for life and health. Since the body
cannot manufacture either, they are “essential” nutrients.
Table salt consists of tiny cubes tightly bound together
through ionic bonding.
no wonder that Jesus would use salt as a teaching object. He
said we are the “salt of the earth.” Its myriad uses and its
properties point out how valuable we are to the “earth” to
introduce Jesus to its inhabitants. Just as our bodies cannot
manufacture salt’s properties that are vital to our good
health, the “earth” cannot manufacture its own salvation; nor
can we provide usefulness and service to the Kingdom of God
without His input in our lives. Just as Christ touches every
facet of our lives, we in turn touch others in some way every
time we contact them.
no small thing to be the “salt of the earth”! It is a great
and wondrous responsibility. We represent our Lord on this
earth, and how we live our lives will determine whether we are
the ‘salt’ they need or worthless to be cast aside.
acts as a preservative and adds flavor to the dullest of
foods. In homes and eating establishments, we have salt
containers available. Have you noticed how varied the shapes,
sizes, materials and colors are? They may be of crystal,
glass, metal, wood or even paper, shaped simply or elaborate,
plain or brightly colored—just like the family of God who are
salt containers for the world. The containers have no bearing
on the value of the salt; the usefulness is in the contents
(salt), not the container.
we meet together in God’s house, we get our salt renewed. I
guess you could say the “salt gets salted.” Actually our salt
becomes mingled as we hear the Word and worship as a unit.
This enables us to go back into the world with our varied
containers and be the “Salt of the Earth.”
once a nut in a brown paper bag,
Jesus salted me
tossed me to the world
make it thirsty for Him.”
is tenacious. It can become hardened in its container if it
isn’t stored in a favorable environment; but if you touch your
tongue to it, you will find it still tastes salty, but it will
not distribute from the shaker. It can be
broken up again and be useful. It can be spilled outside its
container but gathered again and put back where it belongs and
used. Cares of life can hit us so hard that we become
hardened, but the love hammer of God can break us and put us
back in use. We can be so devastated by life’s happenings
that we get spilled, but God’s love will gather us to His
bosom and put us back together in our container.
said our salt could lose it savor and saltiness and be cast
out as useless. How can that happen? I can think of only two
ways for table salt to become useless and for us to lose our
saltiness and cast away.
way is for salt to become contaminated. Sin causes pollution;
un-repented of it will pollute our Christian witness. We are
“in the world, but not of it.” Once we become part of the
world, we are no longer usable; we are contaminated. If our
lives are no different from the ‘earth’ to which we have been
sprinkled by Jesus as salt, we become contaminated and
ineffective, “un-salty” and of no value to the Kingdom. The
only process to purify us is the blood of Jesus which cleanses
us from all contaminants.
other way for salt to lose its usefulness is to become
diluted. Salt can become diluted to the point that it is no
longer salty. Used properly, salt added to food would enhance
its flavor; but if we keep adding ingredients, eventually we
would not able to detect the salt and the mixture would not be
tasty. We can dilute the salt in our lives by adding
ingredients that make us unsavory and useless; no one will be
thirsty for Jesus because of us. This is our purpose—for the
Holy Spirit to use us to point people to Christ Jesus, but
when we add things to our lives that are contrary to our
Christian walk or attempt to redefine the Word of God to
justify what we don’t want to obey, we will soon dilute our
saltiness to the point of not being salty at all. God may
have to put us through an evaporation process to remove the
added ingredients that have made us unsavory.
Jesus can make us pure “Salt of the Earth”.
important that we keep our “containers” pure from contamination and
add nothing to the property of the salt so that we can make
the world thirsty for the living water of the Lord Jesus
table salt which used in excess, can cause health issues, the
Salt of God’s Word will enhance lives, not diminish them.
Even so, it must be administered with the anointing of Love,
not condemnation, to add flavor and spiritual substance to
those receiving it.
dispensers be full and pure for the Master's use!