Jesus said that as Christians we are the salt of earth. What does that mean? Let's look at some of the qualities of salt. Salt flavors. We are to bring the flavor of Jesus into the lives of people around us. We are to act like Jesus around them. They will see what Jesus is like through us. Salt heals. We are to bring a healing element into people's lives. The Gospel will bring health and wholeness into their relationships and even their bodies. When I was nine I fell off my bike and scraped my thumb. The doctor gave me a prescription of dunking my injured thumb into a container of warm water each day. Added to that water was epsom salt. Now, sticking my thumb into that mixture was really painful, but soon the healing began. Salt heals. And salt preserves. Before refrigeration, salt was used to keep meat from going bad. When I was in seventh grade my family took a vacation for a week at Christmas. Before we left our apartment my Dad asked me to go around our apartment and unplug everything electrical. He had heard of electrical fires starting when people were away from home for a while. So being an obedient child I went from room to room unplugging everything. And yes, I went into the kitchen. Lo and behold, behind the refrigertor was a really big plug which I of course unplugged. A week later we came back from our vacation. You can imagine what we found. The mess. The smell. I was in big trouble. The preservation had not taken place. As salt, we are to preserve. When we live like Jesus we have the ability to preserve the good in our world. The world is a better place when we do this. Salt flavors. Salt heals. Salt preserves. And all of this lived out in us, His people, points people to Jesus. Be the salt of the earth.
Pastor Dave Fernlund