“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”
It may seem like I have a lot of salt shakers but in fact, compared to the collection my sister used to have, this is nothing! I do not always put them on the table though. I like to think that the food I have prepared for my guests is already perfectly seasoned. In fact, one of my pet peeves is when guests salt their food before even tasting it.
Before refrigeration salt was necessary for preserving food. But there are so many other uses for salt. It can set colors or brighten them. It can prevent fruit from browning. Salt keeps the ants away; they do not like to walk on it. Salt can “de-ice” the roads. It keeps flowers fresh. Salt even calms down a BBQ fire, reducing the flames and smoke. And salt has numerous cleaning properties.
As believers we are called the salt of the earth. We are to have an influence in our world. But we can lose our saltiness by conforming to our world. When we adopt the values of those around us, we lose our influence.
For me to be salt and an influence for Christ, I need to be out there in the world. Salt does no good sitting on the shelf with all the other salt shakers. But there is always the risk of losing my saltiness. The pull of this world’s system is strong. I am faced everyday with the temptation to compromise my standards. My prayer today is that my testimony stays strong and yes, salty!