In my former residence of Dallas, TX, I never gave much thought to salt except as something to add to my food. But living on the ocean, it and its effects take on a whole new context in my life.
So, while taking a swim today in “God’s bathtub,” I began pondering something Jesus said some 2000 years ago – “You are the salt of the earth.” I have reflected on this before and even wrote a little about it in a previous post, “Just Being.” But I figured the Creator of the universe and everything in it had much more understanding of all the meanings behind this statement than what we grasp at first glance. So I began to do a little research into the various aspects of this vital element and here is some of what I learned. Among other things, salt’s uses include:
- Flavoring agent to enhance the flavor of any food;
- Preservative to keep food from spoiling;
- Cleaning and whitening many things;
- Helping to heal wounds;
- When added to water, acts as a softening agent but also as a conductor of electricity.
In addition, “no electrolyte is more essential to human survival than salt. The sodium you get from salt is what allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses. It’s what makes your brain work. It’s actually what makes every cell in your body function.” (Saltinstitute.org)
When you reflect on each of these aspects of salt, it is interesting to draw correlations of how Jesus was telling us, as followers of His, we are to affect this world.
But in the same verse He tells us this, there is a sober warning: “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 underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13) So my question to you (if you are one who claims to follow Jesus) is, what is your salt content?