When I think about it, several characteristics of salt come to mind. First, today we use salt for seasoning. Salt is one of the primary taste sensations that our taste buds identify. When we eat popcorn, or pretzels, or chips, we know that they have been salted. If we add salt to our food, we are careful to sprinkle it over all or to stir it in well. We only need a few grains to season the whole batch. Another thing we know about salt is that it stings. I grew up in a beach town, and I can remember playing in the ocean with a cut on my leg. The salt in the water made me keenly aware of the wound on my leg. However, when I got out of the water, I noticed that the wound was drying up. That’s because there is a healing effect to salt. Last, in Bible days, salt was used more often as a preservative than a seasoning. In those days, people would preserve meat with salt in a similar fashion to the way jerky is made today.
What was Jesus saying to his disciples when he said that they were the salt of the earth? Jesus used salt as a visual image, like a word painting, of what the disciples were to do. First, like sprinkling salt, He said that they were to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.The disciples would not remain together in one location but would be sent to many nations, like tiny grains of salt. Just as we recognize salt when we taste it, the people would recognize the disciples as God’s messenger by their actions. People would notice a difference in the way the disciples lived. When the disciples taught the people, they would be stung by the words or, more correctly, convicted of their sins. By accepting the gospel message, the salt, the people would be healed of their sins and preserved from death to eternal life.
After thinking about the salt, I asked myself these questions:
1. Have I felt convicted of my sins?
2. If so, have I allowed the Lord to save and preserve me?
3. Am I going out into the world like a grain of salt?
4. Does my life reveal Christ?
5. Am I spreading the salt, the gospel, wherever I go?
Christ said that if we lose our saltiness as Christians, we are no longer useful to Him.
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