“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13
Salt enhances the flavor of foods. It’s a unique substance with a characteristic taste to season or preserve food. A pinch makes an unsavory morsel delectable.
My African assistant, Miss Titi was the salt of the earth. When our taxi broke down miles from a village, she tied the larger baskets together, lifted them to her head and began walking. No complaints. No grumbling. Hiking along the trail she told funny, pleasant tales as she pointed out plants, good for food and medicine. Her upbeat attitude made us all forget the arduous climb up a mountainous path or over a treacherous river.
Joyful, she always spoke of the good God provided, even if it felt like we had nothing. Faithful, she prayed, read the Bible, came to work on time, never missed a day and performed her job faultlessly. Humble, she went about doing God’s will to treat the sick, never taking credit for an excellent job. Loving, she allowed the presence of the Holy Spirit to flow through her to help and serve others.
Her pleasant attendance, like salt turned every unsavory situation into a unique, delightful experience. Overwork became a memorable day. Sickness was a time to rest allowing God to heal. Hunger and thirst. Christ himself was hungry and thirsty, so a little deprivation must be good for us. In the three years she worked with me, she never reproached, shouted, became angry, impatient or complained about anything.
She spiced up everyone around her with good taste, common sense and laughter. The Holy Spirit flowed through her to season and improve each one of us. Wherever she was, the appealing atmosphere pulled strangers into the presence of God. The Lord in her became the superior spice added to our everyday lives.
As Christians we are the salt of the earth to flavor and enhance people and situations around us. We should be a tasty seasoning in every circumstance and place.
A little salt mixed into a dish of food gives it a zest. So when you reach for the salt to season the turkey, potatoes or vegetables, remember that you are the salt of the earth. God’s presence in you flowing out to everyone around you should flavor them with Christ’s love.