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Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 that we are the Salt of the Earth. What does that mean exactly? Well beyond simply adding flavor to the people and world around us, salt had many other uses and implications.
For starters, salt was once a rare, valuable, and precious commodity. This is hard to imagine since nowadays salt is very accessible and inexpensive. So to start out, I would say that Jesus was saying that as God’s children we are valuable and precious. No one else in the world has our DNA or fingerprints. God has breathed His life into us and in addition to being made in His image and likeness, we are filled with His spirit and presence. Because of this, we are precious and extremely valuable.
Furthermore, I believe Jesus was saying that as the Salt of the Earth we are a preservative in the earth. You see, prior to refrigeration, meats were packed in salt to prolong and prevent the rotting process due to the growth of bacteria. Without salt, the meat would slowly decay and become foul to both the sense of smell and taste.
Likewise, this world without God and without Christians around them will and is slowly decaying and becoming more and more unpleasant to be associated with. Therefore, when Christ said His followers were the salt of the earth, He may have been indicating that without Christians in the world, the growth and spread of spiritual and moral decay would be rampant.
By being in the world and living in close proximity to people who don’t know God, we are helping to preserve the atmosphere of love, unity, and healthy interpersonal relationships that God originally intended for humankind.
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