“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.”  Matthew 5:13

I was an inpatient in the hospital recently, and when ordering my breakfast, I wanted to make sure that I started the day off with some good protein.  So to fill my breakfast protein quota, I would order scrambled eggs for breakfast.  I’m not sure if anyone has ever had scrambled eggs from the hospital cafeteria as an inpatient, but please be advised, it is an experience you will not soon forget!

When breakfast arrived, it was at least warm – quite a feat considering that amount of food and trays that they have to distribute.  But with just one bite, I was reaching for the salt.  I wasn’t entirely certain that chickens had been inconvenienced by the egg gatherer for these eggs.  They needed some savory tastiness, besides the taste of water and powder.  Where would I have been without salt?

When being followed by crowds early in His ministry, Jesus stops to teach them, starting with the Beattitudes.  Immediately after that, he tells them to be salt.  Why?  First, it brings tastiness.  Food is generally better with a little salt on them, especially those eggs!  But if it loses is savoriness, then it is not good for anything, other than to be thrown out.  Our lives are much the same:  we must make sure that our lives are adding a good flavor to those in the world, giving it a taste that it did not have before.

Second, we must also remember that salt was used to cure and preserve meat.  In the same vein, born-again believers are expected to be a preservative in this world.  Without salt, meat will spoil and rot.  And without the positive influence of the gospel being preached and spread by us, this world will spoil and rot.

Finally, salt is an “exciter.”  Sodium is a critical part of our physiology to make our nerves send messages from the brain to the receiving end.  If we have a lack of sodium in our body, it could potentially slow the functioning of our nervous system.  Likewise, we are the salt of the world to help excite the world as to the message that God is sending through us.  If our lives don’t show the enthusiasm of serving the King of Kings, how can we expect others to get excited about wanting to serve him?

Never forget that we are the salt of the world.  We are saved to add taste, preserve and excite this world!



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