Salty

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Taste & See

“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

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” – Mark 9:50

Salt

1: a natural white substance that is used especially to flavor or preserve food

2: to season with salt.

3: to cure, preserve, or treat with salt

4: an ingredient that gives savor, piquancy, or zest

 

Salt seems to be as old as time.  Far before it was insinuated to be something that raises blood pressure, it was a staple of daily living.

The Israelites had an unending supply of salt for their needs.  The Dead Sea is rife with it, and after every flood, copious amounts were left along the banks and ditches.

Salt was of course used for preserving food.  There was no refrigeration at that time and salt was a handy substance to retard the spoiling process.  Salt was used to bring flavor to food.  It drew out the taste of their food.  In fact, a meal was not considered a meal without salt. It was used for medicinal purposes; they used to rub newborn babies in it.  God demanded that His sacrifices be covered in salt.  Poignantly, your very body will not function properly unless it has the correct salt to water ratio.

So how can salt lose its taste or its saltiness?  It can be contaminated with a foreign substance; dirt or dust.  It can become unusable and not fit for any use.

Contaminated salt could not be used for anything.  It couldn’t be tossed anywhere except the roads where people walked, to keep the dust tamped down.  Therefore, it was trampled underfoot.

So if God demanded His sacrifices covered in salt, and we are to be living sacrifices, then we need to have salt in ourselves. We are to be cured; to remove any contaminant from ourselves.  Likewise, we are not to be contaminated by the world.

Salt is meant to flavor our lives.  Salt brings out the zeal and passion of the many layers in God’s word and God’s heart.  Salt seasons our hearts and gives us the desire to draw people to Him.

Salt is never sugar.  It is not meant to sweeten the truth, or to drug us into complacency.  Rather, it is to bring out our flavor.  In truth, this message cannot be emphasized enough.

Do you feel dull?  Do you feel bland or as if God’s word doesn’t hold anything for your life?  Check your salt level.  If we lose our heart for God, then we will be destined to be trampled by the world.

We are called to preserve the truth in this world.  We are called to bring flavor into a flavorless world.  We are called to be God’s living sacrifices.  Life out your calling with zeal and be savored.

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” – Colossians 4:6

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