By Phil Sanders
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become
tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for
nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled
underfoot by men" (Matthew 5:13).
The salt used in Palestine came mostly
from the Dead Sea, which is also sometimes called the Salt
Sea (Genesis 14:3). One can find vast salt deposits around
the edges of this body of water, which is 1,290 feet below
sea level. Water that flows in has no place to go. The
extreme heat in the area causes the water to evaporate and
leave its deposits there. The evaporation of one cubic mile
of sea water would leave approximately 140 million tons of
salts, most of which would be sodium chloride, or common
Often the salt around this sea would get
polluted by winds or people and animals walking on the
surface of the salt. Polluted salt, then, was dug up with
the purer kinds and sold in the markets. A customer getting
polluted salt could do nothing with it except to throw it
out. It was no good. It could not do what it was intended to
Salt blesses foods by seasoning them. It
brings out the taste in food. It also cleanses and preserves
Where would country ham be without salt?
How potent are you in your Christian
Does anyone know you are a Christian?
Some people are acquainted for years and yet do not know the
other is a Christian.
Does your life proclaim that the Lord
matters to you? Can people see Christ living in you by the
way you act, you dress, and you talk?
Does anyone want the Christian life you
have? If others look at the way you live, would they want
the faith, joy and love you have? Does anyone imitate you?
Do you have a light people need? If
people you know needed spiritual help, would they come to
you for it?
You are the salt of the earth! Be salty!
- Taken from Forthright Magazine, Wednesday, April
6, 2005; via The
Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert
City Church of Christ, Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle
preaches for the congregation. He may be contacted
through the congregation's website: