“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a NIV)

In a health-conscious culture telling us to cut back on our salt intake, it feels odd to be thinking of the substance in a positive light. But Jesus told his followers to be salt. In fact, if they lost their saltiness and weren’t effective, they were “no long good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Ouch.

In talking about salt, we need to travel back in time to the Middle East in the times of Jesus. A place without refrigeration. How did they keep their meat from spoiling? By rubbing salt into it. The salt acted as a preservative to keep the integrity of the food and create a hostile environment for undesirable micro-organisms. Not only that, we now know that salt induces thirst, adds flavor and is necessary to regulate the body’s water and electrolyte balance.

When Jesus told His followers to be salt, He wanted them to be a preserving element in the culture around them. By living and modeling the Kingdom life, they would ward off wrong theology while creating a thirst for God in those they rubbed shoulders with. Jesus never intended for the salt to stay inside the shaker with the other grains. Nor did he expect a single grain of salt to impact the world because it takes the collective effort to bring about the change.

But Jesus left a warning. Salt that isn’t salty or changing the surrounding environment has no use. That makes me evaluate my life. Am I rubbing shoulders with people in need of the thirst-inducing flavor of faith? Do I impact their lives or am I essentially no different?

What about you? How salty are you? Do you tend to linger in the shaker or come in contact with the world? Does your life make a difference in the lives of others?

Being Salt
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4 thoughts on “Being Salt

  • May 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    >Thanks for the reminder about needing to rub shoulders and to spread salt. The more you stretch and exercise your body the more you need salt. The same is true of stetching and exercising your soul and spirit. The hotter the weather and the hotter the spiritual pressure, the more you need salt. Lord, make me salty, and keep political correctness from making me bland.

  • May 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm


    This is a great post. May God make us all a whole lot more salty so that those we come into contact will thirst for more.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • May 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    >Hi Candee –

    Super devotional. I particularly liked the part about being salty so we induce thirst in those around us.

    Susan :)

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