Anything But Bland

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Matthew 5:13

Like most people I like salt, especially on my fries and on chips and salsa. In desserts I enjoy salted Carmel. Salt is everywhere and in more things than you and I would even imagine. Besides covering over 71% of the earth in our oceans, salt is in just about every food that is prepared, even desserts. Salt is also added to many household products that are made so it’s no wonder why Jesus would say to His disciples, “You are the salt of the earth” as salt is found everywhere and in just about everything. But just exactly did Jesus mean when He said it?

Maybe Jesus calls us the salt of the earth because of the flavor salt brings to everything it touches. As followers of Jesus we have the ability to bring out or enhance peoples lives. No one enjoys bland food and its amazing how just a little bit of salt can make something taste so good. Have you ever considered the taste we leave in other peoples mouths so to speak when we are present or when we leave? Hopefully we add flavor that makes them want more. Salt is also a preservative, in the ancient world salt was used to keep meat from going bad since the refrigerator had not been invented. Christians represent the goodness of God and by our presence slow the decaying process that an unregenerate world causes due to lawlessness. It’s no wonder then why you see so many followers of Jesus at school board meetings and community events standing against injustice and defending the rights of others. It’s true, “evil persists when good men (and women) do nothing.”

Salt in the Bible also speaks of God’s judgment and destruction on evil and injustice. Remember how Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt as an act of God’s judgment? Believers are scattered all over the world today as Jesus representatives speaking out against all forms of evil and injustice, warning of an impending Judgment Day and to flee the wrath which is to come. Maybe Jesus had fertilizer in mind when He said, “You are the salt of the earth” as fertilizers effect both kills the weeds and enriches the soil in helping it produce a healthier and more abundant crop. The bottom line is if salt is a metaphor for Christian living and Jesus is saying that our lives are far from being bland when we live for Him.


Michael Osthimer





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