” Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50
In this day and age, no one wants salt inside of them. Salt is deemed as unhealthy: it raises blood pressure and makes you retain water. Why would Jesus say that salt,of all things, is good?
Salt is good. In a hot climate, you need salt to not dehydrate. I remember during the seven year drought where I lived as a child, we had to take salt pills during the summer. It is a natural preservative when there is no refrigeration. It adds flavor and enhances the taste and, therefore, the desire of food. It makes the food more appetizing, and it also makes you want more. Like the adage of betting you can’t just eat one potato chip and stop.
The ancient Hebrews were told by God that their burnt offerings were to be sprinkled with salt. Salt was used to seal covenants.
In Jesus’ earthly time, salt came from the Dead Sea. Often times it was full of impurities and would lose its integrity – or saltiness. As Christians, we are to attract people to us to want more of the thing we have, namely peace. Any impurities we have (sins that have not been confessed) will dilute the saltiness of our souls. We won’t be as attractive to others seeking the Truth in a world of many false truths.
If we want to have peace with each other and show the world the Spirit that lives in us, that enhances our lives and preserves our souls, we must have salt ( the Word) in us, and be willing to live it out so others can see. With the Holy Spirit, we can be at peace. God’s covenant with us is sealed with Holy salt in the form of His promises to forgive our sins through His Son’s sacrifice for us.
Have you had your daily recommened amount of salt, today?
Holy Father, you enhance our lives with Your Spirit, Your grace and Your mercy. You bring us peace and comfort through Your Word. Preserve us and cleanse us of impurities, so we may attract others to the Truth as revealed through Your Son living in us. Amen.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6