Salt of the Earth

         Salt of the Earth

                                Matthew 5:1

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?     It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.                                                                                                                                                                

160_F_55723146_tmyMzFYvJHqi5KmCe1dHStcSikMWrqia-2Salt is critical to life itself. In the correct amount it is an essential mineral needed by our body for good health.

In ancient times, many cultures placed great importance on the value of salt. It was used as a preservative, in trading and as currency.

For me, a little bit of salt on popcorn, melon, or potatoes makes an amazing difference! It changes these foods from bland to delicious. It brings out the best in them and makes me want more. A little bit of salt enhances flavors and adds depth and dimension.

160_F_57970102_7ZLPhfMN1i2OwLXSKtyYw5xNKgIsPzmM-1Much of the salt of ancient times came from the Dead Sea and contained impurities and consequently,  if not used in a timely manner, lost its saltiness and became useless for any other purpose.

It was important that it be used while it had its greatest effect.

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus speaks to his disciples telling them they are the salt of the earth. Jesus tells us we also have great value and have a critical purpose individually and collectively as his followers.

We have the ability and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world – to enhance it, to add depth and dimension to it.

Jesus instructs us as he did his disciples to use our ‘saltiness’ – our unique gifts and talents in ways that make a difference and while they have their greatest effect. As we offer ourselves and our gifts to him he will use them to bless others and we will be blessed in the process.

How might you use your ‘saltiness’ – your unique gifts and talents – to make a difference, to enhance, add depth and dimension to the part of the world you touch?