Salt of the Earth



“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5: 13

Do you hear what Jesus calls us? We are the salt of the earth! He doesn’t say that someday we’ll be salt. He says that right now, right here, we are the salt of the earth. His followers, his disciples, are the salt of the earth. He’s expecting us to make a difference in our world. By claiming to be His follower we are to become something much more than what we were before He came into our lives. Jesus is saying that we’re to become the spice that changes the flavor of life around us. If life is a big bowl of chili we’re supposed to be the spice that changes the taste from good to great! Do you hear me? Jesus says we are the ones who are supposed to make things better because we are spreading the good news. We’re the ones who are supposed to spread the love of God to everyone that we meet. We’re supposed to be the ones that speak of His mercy and His grace and give this message to others so that they may come into a loving relationship with Jesus.

But there’s more to this right? “But if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Salt was used to spice up food but it was also used as a preservative. They spread it on meat so it wouldn’t spoil. But if salt lost its flavor or effectiveness as a preservative because it had been diluted it was no longer any good for the purpose it was needed for. If salt becomes diluted it can no longer serve a purpose and has no value. It’s thrown out. It’s worthless.

As Christians are we the salt of the earth or have we lost our saltiness? Are we telling others of the love of God? Are we living a life that draws others to Jesus? May we be the spice, the salt, that flavors our world.