You Are the Salt of the Earth

By Phillip A Dugas

“Ye are the salt of the earth:
but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13

The Bible mentions salt at least 40 times. Salt at one time had religious significance, and was a symbol of purity Among the Hebrews it was a religious custom to rub newborn babies with salt to ensure their good heath. Among many peoples, salt is still used as a sign of honor, friendship, and hospitality. The Arabs say “there is salt between us,” meaning “we have eaten together, and are friends.”

Salt was a chief economic product of the ancient world. Salt was once so scarce and precious that it was used as money. Caesar’s soldiers received part of their pay in common salt. This part of their pay was known as their salarium, and it is from this the word salary comes.

Also dating back to the days when workers were paid either all or part of their wages in salt, is the modern expression “not worth his salt.” It literally meant that a man did not earn his wages.

Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other. (NLT)

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:5-6

Seasoning adds flavor to something. Speak in such a manner that they will desire to “taste and see” that the Lord Jesus Christ is good.
Tell what God has done for you, how He changed your life, and how much better life is. Talk about the Joy of the Lord…about the Peace of God in your soul.

Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The woman saith unto him, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” The woman was so excited she left her waterpot and went into the city witnessing to all of what Jesus had done for her. She seasoned her testimony with salt. And they went out of the city, and came unto him.

How to stay Salty for the Lord.
1. Walk with God everyday.
2. Be obedient to His word.
3. Stay filled with the Spirit.
4. Let the fruits of the spirit be manifest in your life:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26

From, “Apostolic Accent”/summer 2008/Page 2, by Phillip A. Dugas

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