Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

God in us – Day 10

Salt when he reigns in me

Bible text(s)

Salt and Light

13“You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.

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50“Salt is good; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?

“Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.”

Previously, we spoke about how you and I are light bearers that work with God to make his kingdom “visible” on earth by the way we live. Today, I shed some light on the metaphor of salt.

In Biblical times, salt was regarded as the symbol of faithfulness and constancy, and for this reason, was used to confirm treaties. Israel also used salt in their religious practices as a sign of their everlasting relationship with God (Leviticus 2:13). Thus, when Jesus proclaims the believer as the salt of the earth, he reminds us of the constant covenant relationship between him and us. Our “staying salt and being salt” becomes our response to his relationship with us.

Israel’s salt came from the southern banks of the Dead Sea (Zephaniah 2:9) and was a rock or fossil variety that could lose its chemical qualities or flavour. Jesus included this knowledge in his proclamation of us being salt when he said, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves …” (Mark 9:50). Our purity and flavour are being contaminated when we lose our characteristic faith and compromise our lifestyle for anything else than the values of God, as it is written in the Bible.

Salt preserves us from contamination and for this reason, the Christian believer can have an influence on the world. Our “peculiarity”, the way we live, how we treat people, do business or just being ambassadors of the true God, fights decay in our own lives and sprinkles salt on a tasteless world.

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