I am the salt of the earth.
Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)
You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? For those of us that like to cook or eat, we know that salt gives food great flavor. Salt is also used in preserving foods, clearing icy roads and making homemade ice cream. Salt is one of the most abundant minerals, is found primarily in our seas and oceans, and is necessary for our bodies to function. Salt is a very stable mineral and the only way for it to lose it saltiness is to become diluted in a liquid. So, what does this have to do with a Christian being salt?
Well if Jesus says that we are salt then we know that life on earth would not function without the body of Christ. We add spice and flavor, we can adapt to most any situation and we are very stable as long as we maintain our saltiness. When we become diluted by the world’s standards or man’s opinion we lose our saltiness and no longer are useful.
Here are several interesting articles about salt.
1. The Weird Benefit of Eating Salty Food
The mice fed the higher amounts of sodium showed stronger immune responses to the wounds, and cleared their infections faster than the mice eating less salt. In fact, Jantsch speculates that certain skin cells may transport sodium preferentially to sites where bacterial populations are high in order to create another barrier preventing the microbes from entering deeper into the body.
2. Benefits of Sea Salt
Salt helps in the preservation of melatonin and serontin, hormones very useful in fighting the physical effects of stress. It is a sleep aid (take with a glass of warm water at night); it relieves fluid retention; helps with food absorption and, contrary to long-ago disputed reports, it helps to regulate blood pressure.
Sea salt enhances the flavor of all foods, even chocolate. It has an amazing way of making foods taste more like themselves. Broccoli is more broccoli-like; salad greens are brighter; chocolate is richer; ice cream is creamier.
Questions for Thought:
- What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?
- Are you salt to the world around you?
- How can you apply this to your life?
- How important are you, as a Christian, to the world?
We’re the Salt of the Earth by the Rance Allen Group
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