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When you were young and your mother cooked porridge, did she ever forget to put in the salt as she cooked it? 
This happened several times in my childhood, and it was never a pleasant experience to be the one who discovered this loss. Although only a pinch of salt was missing, it affected all the bowls of porridge.

One of the interesting things about salt is that when it is used it loses itself.  You do not see salt in your food but you can taste its presence as it flavours all it touches. When used in various chemical processes, salt also dissipates after fulfilling its purpose, just as it does after it has dissolved the ice on the roads of Canada and the U.S.A.

 Since earliest times salt has been associated with value and worthiness. In Roman times salt was exchanged for slaves, hence the saying 'He isn't worth his salt!'  Salt is an important mineral in our lives if we wish to remain fit and healthy.

Whenever salt is mentioned in the Bible, it is as an important, cleansing and valuable essential. When Elisha sweetened the waters of Jericho, he threw salt into them to illustrate its purifying power (2King 2:20-21). Jesus told his followers “you are the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). In the book of Job (chpt 6:6), written hundreds of years before Christ, we find: 

“Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt.” 


1. Why is salt so important in our lives?


2. Who do you know that you could call "the salt of the earth"?  Why?


3. What would you say are the characteristics of being the "salt of the earth"?


Now read today's scripture:

You are like salt for all mankind. But if salt loses it saltiness, there is not way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.
You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.                                                                      Matt 5:13-16

 4. What is God calling us to be every day?

5. What is the analogy between salt and Christians?


6. If either salt or light are missing, their absence is noticeable immediately. What things in your life would be noticed immediately if they disappeared?


Salt in biblical times was gathered from the shores of the Dead Sea. As it was collected from the shores, it was unavoidable that a certain amount of sand would be gathered along with the salt. When after using the majority and there was more sand than salt left, it lost its value for flavouring and so what was left was thrown out. 

7. What things in your life are diluting the effectiveness of your salt?


8. How can you change these things?



  It is easy to look like a Christian. We may go to Church every Sunday. We may talk about God and how much He means to us. We may do all this and still be only sand. Christianity, like salt is no good unless it is used. Christianity, like salt, preservatives what is good and prevents its decay. Christianity like salt, leaves evidence of where it has been without being visible.

9. Would you consider using salt only on Sunday?


10. How do others perceive you? Would they notice your light shining on the lampstand?


11. What do we all need to do for our lights to shine bright in today's world?


12. What do you do when God asks you to get out of your comfort zone?



If you have things that need putting right with God, take time now and talk with Him about them. 

Lord help us to be as salt today. Let our lives influence those that we come in contact with, just as salt seasons all it touches. Help us deal with areas you have brought to mind. Give us grace in speech and thought and deed, so that these all give glory to you. Let us truly be "salt of the earth" every day. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

Colossians 4:6 
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may

     know how you ought to answer each one. (NKJV) 


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