Salt has been a valuable commodity across the ages and across cultures. The word salary comes from an ancient word meaning “salt-money”. Part of a Roman soldier’s pay was an allowance for the purchase of salt. I have heard people say about someone who is lethargic and doesn’t earn their pay, “They are not worth their salt.”
To the people of Jesus’ day, salt was an important and precious commodity. So, when Jesus told His disciples that they were “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), He meant that believers have great value in this world and are to have a preserving and enhancing influence.
In light of the value of salt, the words our Lord recorded in Mark 9:50 become most significant: “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.” The words speak primarily of the inward grace, of which the salt is the symbol, that alone makes people what they ought to be – “the salt of the earth”.
The words of Jesus, noted in the second half Matthew 5:13, should claim our attention: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
Do you have good salt within yourself? Are you living as the salt of the earth? It is not optional, if we are to be followers of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, may we truly be “the salt of the earth”. Our desire is to possess that grace that preserves and enhances the life of those around us.
~ Brother Roy