Being Salt

Being Salt

Have you ever asked God what it means to be the salt of the earth?

Matthew 5:13-16 The Message (MSG)

13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”

There is another use for salt that, as children of our heavenly salt supplier, we need to pay attention to. 

Applying salt to the water that caused the barren ground in 2 Kings 2:19-22 to be productive again is an illustration from God changing uselessness into a great harvest.

A rebuke or correction, when applied with love, steers the one being admonished back on course. What’s asked of us is to keep each other accountable. Without that caring soul who notices and will say something, it leaves us to our tendencies to become stagnate and useless. Our voice becomes Jesus’ method of prodding the family of God forward. 

Bordered by Jordan to the east and by Israel and Palestine to the west, the Dead Sea, or the Salt Sea as the book of Genesis refers to it, is a landlocked lake rather than an actual sea, and recognized as one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth. If you fell or dove into the Dead Sea, you would soon bob up to the surface. The salt makes the human body buoyant.

We, as keepers of the salt of God, are encouragers of the brethren. Our words seasoned with salt raise the downcast and discouraged up from the depths of despair into the light.

Being the salt of the earth is a responsibility we often overlook, but in the hands of God, it’s an awesome privilege.

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