Scripture

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

Matthew 5:13

Thought

Isn’t it a little peculiar to be given the title “salt of the earth”? What do we have as believers in common with salt? Can salt ever lose its taste?

Having received the wonderful heavenly blessings of the beatitudes, the Lord takes us into our responsibility to live according to His word. He began with comparing us believers with “salt”.

“Salt is both a preservative and a flavor enhancer. No doubt its use as a preservative is what Jesus had mostly in view here. Pure salt cannot lose its flavor or effectiveness, but the salt that is common in the Dead Sea are is contaminated with gypsum and other minerals and may have a flat taste or be ineffective as preservative. Such mineral salts were useful for little more than keeping footpaths free of vegetation.” MACARTHER Bible.

The choice of being Christians is a very risky one. If we take it seriously, the world will hate us. But carrying the Holy Name without the Taste of Christ, we will be despised and put under the feet.

Prayer

O Lord, our Saviour, who hast warned us that thou wilt require much of those to whom much is given; grant that we whose lot is cast in so goodly a heritage may strive together the more abundantly to extend to others what we so richly enjoy; and as we have entered into the labours of other men, so to labour that in their turn other men may enter into ours, to the fulfillment of Thy holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Augustine, died 430 AD