Throughout the course of history, salt has been viewed as a valuable substance. We can find numerous references to salt in the Old Testament. The Righteous Job asks the question: “Can nothing which is unsavory be eaten without salt?” When the Prophet Elisha sweetened the waters of Jericho, he cast salt into them to illustrate its purifying powers.
At the time of Christ, salt had many uses and served a multitude of purposes. In addition to its importance in seasoning and preserving food, salt was frequently used in the ritual of the Jewish people. So when our own Lord said these words to his followers: “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH,” (Matt. 5:13) they fully understood that He was drawing attention to the significant roles they were expected to play in “preserving” God’s covenant with mankind. They knew that Christ looked upon them as “precious commodities.”
Christians today must also consider themselves to be the “salt of the earth,” for much is expected of us as well. We must remind ourselves, however, that we must not “lose our flavor.” Just as tasteless salt becomes worthless, Christians who do not live up their calling are of little value to the Lord.
Along the shores of the Dead Sea, the primary source of salt is Biblical times, it is often difficult to distinguish this vital component from the white grains of sand that are plentiful as well. In like manner, it is not enough to merely APPEAR to be committed to Christ. Our devotion and loyalty to Him must be genuine. We must be the “real thing!” If not, then we, too, risk being “trampled underfoot by man” (Matt 5:13) and rejected by our Divine Savior.