"Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear." Luke 14: 34-35
Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount tells His disciples then and now - "That you are the salt of the earth..."
Today, salt is considered something that we should stay away from because it is not good for us. But in Bible days - salt was a valuable commodity and that it was used in many different ways. Salt that lost its taste, its flavor is something that had no value, and was good for nothing, but to be thrown away.
When Jesus says - "You are the salt of the earth", He is saying that you are a valuable commodity in our world today. But what did Jesus mean that we are "Salt of the earth."
Jesus sees us - as being precious, valuable and useful in this world because you are like salt. Salt was a preserving influence in our world. We are to be a godly influence in an ungodly world. In a world that is sinful, evil, bacteria, wickedness the child of God is to be like salt. We are the salt of the earth and should be keeping this world from being spoiled, rotten and decaying. We are to be the salt in our families, in our neighborhoods and in our city.
Salt was a spice - it makes things taste better. Without salt food would be plain, ordinary, but when you add some salt it brings it to a higher taste, higher level. Jesus says that you are the salt of the earth, that we as Christians should bring goodness, grace and life into people that are just surviving and not thriving in this life.
Jesus is saying that His people cannot not lose the preciousness of being salt in our world. Salt that loses its taste is useless and not good for anything.
Lord, help me to never lose the saltiness in my life! Help me to live as the salt of the earth today!