“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” - Matthew 5:13-15
Nowadays, salt is inexpensive and readily available. However, salt used to be so difficult to obtain that it was
a highly valued trade item, and with its ability to preserve food (and therefore allow food to be transported), it played a significant role in the development of civilisations. Whilst it was this that made salt such a valuable commodity, Jesus is not in the business of preserving lives, but in transforming them. He wants to take us on a journey, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that we can become more like Him.
Another component of salt is that it brings out the flavours within food. We as Christians, are to bring out the flavour of Christ into the world and show God’s love to others. What could enhance people’s lives more! The only time that salt loses its flavour is when other minerals are mixed with it. We as people of God must constantly be guarded against the things that take away from our relationship with Him.
Father God, I thank you that your love is for all. Through your love, help me to make the lives of the people around me more ‘salty’ and show me anything that is taking away from a fuller relationship with you. Amen.
Think of a person in your life who brings out the flavour of Christ into their daily walk. Think about how they do this and how it affects the people they encounter. Thank God for that person and ask Him how you can learn from their walk. Spend time meditating on this.