BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Scripture – “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted (Matthew 5:13)?”
Denial – “I have not lost my effectiveness.”
Affirmation – “I AM the salt of the earth.”
In his Sermon on the Mount of Olives, Jesus, the Christ, taught his disciples who they were and how to live together as children of God. One of the metaphors that he used to identify his followers was salt. Jesus called them the salt of the earth because he saw himself as the salt of the earth. We can only see in others that which we are.
There are many uses of salt. Salt cleanses the body. It is also used to preserve meats. Salt flavors dishes. It is also used to melt to snow. Salt also relaxes muscles. Salt also has a purpose. There is always a reason why people use salt. Salt is never meaningless; it always has purpose.
As the salt of the earth, there is also a purpose for our lives. Everything is in divine right order. There is always a reason that we are in a particular place, at a certain time and with a specific person or group of people. We are there to be the salt. We are called to cleanse negative words and actions. We are called to preserve that which is good. We are called to add flavor to bland situations. We are called to melt away the hardness of hearts. We are called to relax people who are stressed or anxious.
Reflection Question – Which use of salt resonates most with you? Why?