Worth Your Salt
Did I ever tell you that I came to know Jesus in a salt factory? It was during the summer of 1977 while I was working at Morton Salt Company in Silver Springs, NY. Ten years later while attending seminary I landed a job as caretaker for the family who owned International Salt Company. You have to wonder why God kept me connected with salt all those years. While working for this family, there is one incident I’ll never forget. While digging trenches behind the barn I dug up a pile of salt blocks that had been there for at least fifty years. Surprisingly the salt still tasted . . . like salt! It was as if it had been freshly purchased.
If salt doesn’t lose its flavor after being in the ground for 50 years, then what did Jesus mean when He said, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matthew 5:13). No matter how many years it’s been in the ground, salt cannot lose its saltiness.
The salt that Jesus was referring to would have been from the Mediterranean or Dead Sea. There the salt is processed through evaporation, which lends itself to being mixed with other sea minerals, seaweed, and impurities. When salt is contaminated with these impurities, it isn’t fit for consumption, for preserving food, or for medicinal purposes. Contaminated salt was used to kill weeds on roadways—“to be trodden under foot of men.”
Matthew 5:13 is addressing believers metaphorically. Of course Matthew wasn’t aware of today’s technology. If salt loses its saltiness because of impurities today, it can be made salty again. Water is added to the salt and an evaporation process extracts the pure salt from the impurities.
The same is true when our lives become impure and we lose our savor. When this happens it’s time to remove those impurities. Jesus said, “Now you are clean through the Word which is spoken unto you” (John 15:3). Thankfully, our savor can be restored. We must remove the impurities in our lives by taking heed according to His Word (Psalm 119:9).
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