Several years ago my dad had a heart attack. I saw how my mom had to make changes to my dad’s diet. Lowering a person’s salt intake these days is tricky since salt is in so much of our food. My dad’s heart attack helped me to make healthier decisions for my family as well.
One day I was putting chips on my kids’ lunch plates and I glanced at the chip bag. In big letters across the bag it said “Lightly Salted”. Those two little words were a selling point for me in the grocery store. I know chips don’t qualify as healthy but lightly salted helped me feel like I was being a little healthier. At the moment I glanced at that chip bag the verse “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) immediately came to my mind. But what does that mean? In the American culture today we take salt for granted. There is so much salt in nearly everything that we have forgotten the significance of it.
In Leviticus the people were instructed to season their offerings with salt, even their grain offerings. Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings. (Leviticus 2:13). Before I read this I had never heard of a covenant of salt. To understand this we need to remember what salt does. Salt purifies and preserves. It actually keeps bacteria from multiplying by keeping the food pure, which makes the food last longer. Just as salt has purifying capabilities, so Jesus purifies us from sin. A salt covenant was an everlasting covenant of faithfulness; a covenant that should not be broken. Salt was used as a symbol of the everlasting covenant between God and His people, which is why it was used on every offering, not just meat.
When the Bible says we are the salt of the earth this means we are an example of what purity should look like. Jesus is that example for us, but many in the world don’t see Jesus and don’t know if they believe He existed. They can’t argue that we exist when we are standing in front of them. We are living, breathing examples of what Jesus does in a person’s life. We shine pureness and we are testimonies of eternal life through Jesus. We are to offer our lives to the Lord as a living sacrifice. As we go through the fires and trials of life, the impurities are burned off and we are salted with goodness that comes from the Lord. We are salted by letting His unconditional love wash over us and capture our hearts. We are salted by accepting the Good News of the Gospel. We are salted by learning God is faithful to us through thick and thin. Through these trials God is purifying and preserving us. Once we are salted we are to go out to the world and share our salt with others, purifying and preserving them. It should be such an unusual and welcomed difference that the world sees in us that it’s savory. Those in the world will acquire a taste for it and want to see more. They will want to know more.
I continuously strive to be like Jesus. Until then, lightly salt my food, but may my walk with Jesus be heavily salted.
Lord, thank You for purifying me from my sins and changing me to be more like You each day. Holy Spirit, show me areas where I am losing my saltiness and guide me on the path to becoming heavily salted.