What Salt Does

What Salt Does

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
Matthew 5:13

Recommended Reading – Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said, “You are the NaCl of the earth”—NaCl being the chemical formula for salt, a compound of equal parts sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl). Why did Jesus say “salt” instead of, “You are the dirt/plants/water/air of the earth”? Those latter elements of nature are certainly as indispensable as salt. It may be because salt can do things none of the others can. Salt can change, preserve, and add value to what it touches. But it is up to us to use it—or not.

Every culture in recorded history has valued salt for a variety of reasons. The Romans salted the fields of ancient Carthage after conquering the city so crops could not grow. Salt changed the ground from fertile to infertile. And prior to refrigeration, every culture used salt to preserve meat from spoiling. Salt was so valuable it was even used in place of money. Change, preserve, and add value—three traits that Jesus may have had in mind when He said His followers were to be the salt of the earth.

Ask God today to help you be a change agent and kingdom “preservationist,” and to add spiritual value to all those you meet.

We are the salt of the earth not the sugar. Our ministry is to truly cleanse and not just to change the taste.
Vance Havner


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