There is a picture from our summer vacation that is confusing to look at unless you know where the picture was taken.  My kids are standing off in the distance on what looks like to be a thin layer of snow.  The picture is confusing because they are wearing shorts and the sun is very bright; in other words it is obviously very hot.  The confusion is cleared up when you learn the picture was taken on the Salt Flats of Utah in July.  The white stuff is not snow, it is salt, and it goes for miles. 

            Salt is throughout Scripture.  In the Old Testament countries would salt their enemy’s field, thereby making it impossible to grow anything.  We also hear about Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt.  In the New Testament salt is used in a good way.  We are told to be salt to the world.  Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”  And in Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” 

            In the Matthew verse we learn that we are the seasoning of the world.  Right after this verse Jesus tells them they are also the light of the world.  We are to bring a pleasant taste to those around us.  Our life lived by faith adds goodness to other people’s lives.  Salt for instance makes us thirsty and so as we live out our Christian lives in front of others we make them thirsty for the Gospel, for Jesus.  In the Colossians verse we see that salt also brings a pleasant taste to the ears.  Our conversation should always be tasteful and gracious. 

            We know that we do not always live up to this. Sometimes we are a little bland and tasteless to those around us and at other times our speech may be a little too salty if you know what I mean.  You need just the right amount of salt.  Thankfully there is forgiveness and Jesus continues to fill us with salt.  That Jesus fills us with salt is important to remember, we don’t manufacture the stuff ourselves.  It is through our faith in Christ that we get the salt we need and the ability to use it.  So be salty my friends, in a good way.

Pastor Fred