“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (Matthew 5:13).
The salt holds an important position in the world. The value of one bundle of salt is equivalent to that of the price of a man among the tribal people. In the ancient days, the Germans assembled for worshipping God only in places with salt.
In the Eastern countries, the salt was the symbol of goodwill. They exchanged salt to affirm their friendship. In countries like Tibet, salt was used as currency in the barter system.
By saying, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13) God compares His children to salt. When salt is added to food in the right quantity, the food becomes tasty. Once a king called his three daughters and asked them to explain how they loved him.
While the first daughter replied that she loved the king like silver and priceless ruby, the second daughter told him that she liked him as she liked gold. The king became very angry when the third daughter told that she loved him as she loved salt.
The cook who noticed that the king was very angry over the third daughter cooked food for the king without salt. The food without salt made the king angrier and he through the plate with food far away. At this juncture, the third daughter intervened and told the king “Father, the food without salt is tasteless. In my life, you are like salt and it is you who add taste to my life and make me great.” On hearing these words, the king realized his fault. He embraced and kissed his daughter. Dear children of God, you may also dissolve like salt to the world and provide taste to everyone.
The characteristic of salt is to dissolve and spread speedily in the food and thus conveys its importance quickly. Similar to that, you also have to minister speedily and proclaim Jesus to others. The Scripture says, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14). When you add salt to the pickle, its usefulness is that it prevents the pickle from becoming rotten for a very long time. Similar to this, you are the salt to the world. The world is protected by you.
Salt is also used as a cleansing factor. The newborn baby is cleansed with salt (Ezekiel 16:4). In the same way, only when you remain as salt, you can lead a clean holy life. Dear children of God, it is essential that holiness should be found in all your thought, deed and behaviour.
To meditate: “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6).