[Jesus said] Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
My heart doctor told me that salt is not good for my heart. He advised me to go on a low-salt diet, and I have tried to follow his advice. I used to think of salt as a flavor enhancer, but now when I bite into some restaurant foods, all I can taste is the salt.
Two thousand years ago, salt was used for much more than flavor. It was a way to preserve food for use later. Salt was good, but if it lost its saltiness, food was spoiled rather than preserved. And there was really no way for salt to be made salty again.
This expression of Jesus is a reminder for me to persevere. If my faith loses its faithfulness, what good is it? I want to to continue to savor the object of my faith, Jesus, my Savior. If my faith functions as salt, preserving me from corruption and decay, I can face each day with fresh confidence.
If my love fades, what good is it? I want love to predominate in my life. If the love of Christ fills me with all joy and peace as I trust in him, I will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. My kind words can be the seasoning that enhances someone else’s life.
It’s no wonder, then, that Jesus encourages us to stay salty!
Lord God, as one of your followers, help me to be the salt of the earth. Amen.