The Father, Son, Spirit and Salt
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 13-16 NIV)
From a spiritual point of view, our role as salt is to play our part in preparing people for God’s plan of eternal preservation by being fresh, flavorful, and unspoiled by the world.
When I was a little kid, I lived on my grandparents’ small farm, which had no running water nor indoor plumbing. My mother and I had moved from living in a small camper in a trailer park in Florida. I remember asking where the bathroom was and being told it was about 50 yards away in the barnyard, outside. At that point, I begged my mother to take me back to the trailer park, in Florida, during tornado season. (At least it had an indoor toilet.)
One thing, however, that did make life on the farm enjoyable, for a pudgy freckled-face red-headed kid who loved to eat was the country cooking that was mostly grown on the farm. My favorite was country ham, which had been preserved with salt and hung in a small building called the smokehouse (thankfully, closer than the outhouse).
The ham and other salt-cured meats always lasted from one butchering season to the next. My grandfather didn’t necessarily understand the scientific principle of how salt inhibits the growth of bacteria.. He just knew the same thing that Jesus knew over 2,000 years earlier: Salt preserves.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells His followers, we are to be salt. From a spiritual point of view, our role as salt is to play our part in preparing people for God’s plan of eternal preservation by being fresh, flavorful, and unspoiled by the world. In his critical commentary of the Bible, Dr. Andrew Robert Fausset notes, as salt of the earth, “Christ’s followers are to preserve it from corruption, to season its insipidity, to freshen and sweeten it.” In other words. no deacon dry dust or sour puss countenance allowed. If we’re not excited about the Gospel, or “Good News!” of Jesus Christ, why would we expect interest from the unbeliever?
It seemed my grandmother added a pinch of salt to every recipe, and even fresh fruit like apples and watermelon seemed a little more flavorful with a little sprinkle of salt. Perhaps as salt, we need to sprinkle a little more love in our recipe for Christian living.
Finally, in addition to preserving and adding flavor, salt heals wounds. In the days of old home remedies, folks like my grandparents would often use salt and salt water in cleaning wounds. Medically, this has been proven to often be more effective than even alcohol and hydrogen peroxide in expediting the healing process. Spiritually, when we as Christians, serve as salt, we are often effective in healing wounds through our love, compassion, sympathy, and empathy.
Jesus told His followers that by being salt and light to a decaying and dark world, others would notice. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, our good deeds and commitment to keep from being corrupted by the world has, can, and will continue to lead others to glorifying our Father in Heaven and trusting in His Son Jesus. As my grandmother would tell you, “A little bit of salt goes a long way.” God bless.