Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
We've all heard the saying that someone is the "salt of the earth," usually meaning that someone is decent, trustworthy, and prone to doing the right thing. However, that saying is much more than an old adage, it is Scripture; it is something that Jesus called his followers! But why would Jesus say something like this? Like many things in Scripture, the world has watered down the words to mean something else entirely -- sowing confusion and false belief, in this case, that solely being a decent person, or sugar to the world, is all Jesus called us to be. Salt has been used for centuries to preserve, purify, and increase the taste (strength, or degree) of the food it comes in contact with. Jesus calls his followers the "salt" because he is calling them to do the exact same to the world. Salt never has a neutral or negative effect, it always changes the things it comes in contact with in a positive, or increasing way. In these days where common sense and righteousness seem to be watered down as well, be the salt that preserves, purifies, and increases the strength of God's Word in the world.
"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." -- Matthew 5:13 NIV