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Matthew 5:13

Pass the Salt, Please

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.


"Pass the salt, please." That is usually one of the first things said when a group of people sits down to eat. Salt is very important to the quality of the food which we eat, yet we only use a few grains of it to season a large amount of food.

Jesus, having finished His description of the saints with talk of their persecution, continues by encouraging them with this analogy. "Ye are the salt of the earth..."

The group that followed Jesus was small in number. It was probably obvious to them that there were not many in the world with the qualities outlined in the beatitudes. How could so few have any effect on the wicked world in which they lived?

Jesus explained that they would act as salt, giving quality to the larger body to which they were added. The world was under the curse spoken by God in the garden of Eden, but those who followed Jesus would have a different flavor, a different quality of life. While the world suffered condemnation, these disciples experienced grace. While the world offered temporal pleasures, these would offer eternal life. While the world taught survival of the fittest, Jesus' disciples would teach love and self-denial.

Salt is also a preservative. When salt is rubbed on meat, the meat will last much longer than it would have without the salt. Likewise, sin would destroy the human race, but those who follow Christ can be the salt that preserves it. They have the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation. A sprinkle here and a sprinkle there, and men are saved by hearing the message that Christians bring with them.

In the first eight beatitudes Jesus began with the words, "Blessed are they..." In the ninth He turned them all into something personal, "Blessed are you..." We must not miss the importance of that pronoun, for in this next verse He continues to speak to each of us directly. "You are the salt of the earth." As a Christian, your existence and purpose has been defined by those words.

Do you have those special life enhancing qualities that improve the world around you? When was the last time you offered the gift of eternal life to someone? Who has seen the joy of Christ in you, as you served them while ignoring your own needs? Upon seeing your lifestyle, would they say, "Pass the salt, please."?

As a born again Christian, you have been given the opportunity and the responsibility to bring God's truth to many people. God has made you to be like salt, one grain with the ability to affect the quality of the whole group. Use it to His glory.

Jesus taught that, if we lose our purpose i.e., our flavor, we also lose our usefulness to God. This should not be interpreted as losing our salvation. Such persons would be like the sower's seed that fell on stony places. The seed was received with joy, but there was never any root, never any real commitment to God. (Matthew 13:20-21) Improving the quality of food is the purpose of salt. Why else would anyone say, "Pass the salt, please."? And what other use could be found for it?

Don't be cast out! Use your gifts to bring the flavor of heaven to a dying earth.

Before The Throne:

Pray for God to use you according to His will. Let Him know that you are willing to be sprinkled wherever He wants you to go. Pray for your church to be a great salt shaker, sending many believers out to season the world. Pray for the protection of your friends and the missionaries around the world who are working hard to spread the gospel.

For Further Study:

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** the salt. Lev 2:13; Col 4:6; ** if. Mark 9:49-50; Luke 14:34-35; Heb 6:4-6; 2Pet 2:20-21;

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