Salt: The Wealth of the Earth

I remember getting seriously dehydrated a few summers ago. I was out playing soccer in the late afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year. I was drinking loads of water, but I felt like I was going to pass out. The water was not helping. I had to stop. I drank some Gatorade that someone handed me and waited for the feeling to subside. A short while later it had passed, and I was out playing again. In the heat and sweat of the evening, I had been lacking the electrolytes necessary to retain the water I was drinking. I didn’t have enough salt to stay hydrated.

Salt makes food taste good. From meats to desserts, salt flavors pretty much everything we eat. But salt is also important. We need it to live. Because of these, salt is also highly valuable. It is so valuable, in fact, that the Romans used it as currency. God chooses to call us, His chosen people, the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13.) How amazing is that?

That we are salt means that we are pleasing. We are of value. We are prized. We have “savor.” Namely, we are important. “All flesh is as grass” (I Peter 1:24) and will wither and pass away. Man, apart from God, is like salt that is “trodden underfoot” and has lost it’s savor: vain and without importance. But with God we are as salt! We have the everlasting life and value of the Savior who works within us! With God we bear fruit.

As we go about our daily lives, let us remember: we are the salt of the earth!


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