You are the salt of the earth, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will it be salted? It is good for nothing except to be thrown outside and to be trodden upon by people. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
So let’s talk about salt. I have to say I have looked forward to studying this verse. My favorite TV shows are cooking competitions such as: Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Master Chef. One of the biggest take a ways from these shows is that the thing that will get you chopped, eliminated, or sent home is lack of seasoning. Oh, for a little bit of salt, it makes a world of difference in the food we eat, whether sweet or savory.
Salt enhances the natural flavors of food, it preserves food to keep it healthy longer. Salt was also used to treat the soil before planting crops, and in the Old Testament, God told the priests to season the sacrifices-even the Divine likes salt with His meals. Sharing salt was also a way of sealing treaties of peace between warring peoples. So, salt is flavor, preservative, a way to make soil more productive, and a symbol of peace attained.
So, why did Jesus call believers the salt of the earth. Salt is used to make something plain, bland, or simple more appetizing, and symbolizes peace. The Gospel of Christ is simple and can become bland over time. You need to be salt in your relationships to prepare the soil of a friend’s life to accept the seed of the Gospel and for their lives to be made into fertile ground. The simple bland Truth needs the salt or seasoning of real life experience to catch a person’s attention, and keep them focused on what you are telling them. When this develops into belief, it then needs to be preserved by the salt of mentorship, and growth. The Salt of the Gospel then seals the treaty between a person and the Divine in a treaty of peace, and salvation.
Without the salt of testimony, life experience, and shared growing faith people will loose interest, and turn away from peace with the Divine. The message of the Gospel without relevance to the world, a Gospel that doesn’t keep up with the cultures, and progress through time becomes salt-less and bland. What takes our saltiness away? I know in my life it has been a holding to religion, traditional, and lack of growth in myself that has taken away the seasoning in my life. Unlike regular salt that can’t be made salty again, a person can regrow salt through growth, and (for me) meditation. Asking questions, digging to find the truth and making it your own. Learning that what held as truth many years ago may need to re-thought through to be applied to life today.
So many times mainly in the Old Testament people are encouraged to meditate on God’s word. To be honest, until recently, I have never practiced this tool to gain greater growth and understanding; not only of the Scriptures, but of myself and what holds the greatest meaning to me and my world. I encourage everyone to stop take a few minutes and look inside themselves, ask the Divine to unfold His word, and ask how this can give my life more seasoning bringing greater attraction to those around us.
Be Still and Know, Be Still and Believe~