Matthew 5:13 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Salt was very important back in the Roman empire times. In fact the word “Salary” is derived from the word Latin “Salarium” with the root word “Sal” being salt. Salt was such an important commodity that at times the Roman soldiers were paid with salt no wonder we use statement like “Are you worth your salt?”
That should tell us that when Jesus is calling us the salt of the earth, the listeners of his time would understand that we are valuable and precious as long as we retain our saltiness because if we don’t then we are good for nothing but to be trampled underfoot by men.
Unlike today where we have refrigeration units, back in the day, salt was the item used to preserve foods like meat. No wonder it was such a precious and expensive item. It delayed the process of decay and allowed the meat to stay longer. You and I live in a world that is heavily under decay because of sin but we are called to slow down that process. This we do by being bold about the truth that we have believed in. Think of Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. They stood their ground in a kingdom that was worshiping idols and at the end of the day the King declared that there was only one God who would be worshiped in the kingdom, the God of the three Hebrew Boys! Now that’s preservation!
Salt also adds flavor to the food, but for that to happen, it must be added to the food and not remain in the slat shaker. Jesus has given us life, and life abundantly and he has commanded us to go into the world and not hide in our Churches. Just a pinch of salt will add flavor to a whole plate of food. So it is with you and I, just one believer in a whole community or a whole organization will bring in the God kind of flavor but this will only happen if we retain our saltiness. Just as the pinch of salt does not get swallowed and overwhelmed by the plate of food but rather maintains its flavor, in the same manner you and I though we are in the word, we are not of the world. Romans 12:2 reminds us that just like the salt in the food, we should not be conformed to the patterns of this world.
The question then is, how salty are you?
As a believer and child of God, how valuable do you think you are?
What are you doing in your place of planting to prevent the decay of sin from taking over?
How can the people around you feel the flavor that you bring to life because you are the salt of the earth?