Matthew 5:13 – You are the salt of the Earth – A Preservative!

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“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 ESV)

Jesus said that we are the Salt of the Earth. What does that mean exactly? Well beyond simply adding flavor to the people and world around us, salt had many other uses and implications.

For starters, salt was once a rare, valuable, and precious commodity. This is hard to imagine since nowadays salt is very accessible and inexpensive. Just as salt was valuable and precious to the people of that time, God’s children we are valuable and precious. No one else in the world has our DNA or fingerprints. God has breathed His life into us and in addition to being made in His image and likeness, we are filled with His Spirit and presence. Because of this, we are precious and extremely valuable.

Furthermore, as salt was a preservative for food, we are a preservative on the earth. You see, prior to refrigeration, meats were packed in salt to prolong and prevent the rotting process due to the growth of bacteria. Without salt, the meat would slowly decay and become foul to both the sense of smell and taste. Likewise, this world without God and without Christians around them will start to decay and becoming more and more unpleasant to be associated with. Without Christians in the world, the growth and spread of spiritual and moral decay would be even more rampant than it already is.

By being in the world and living in close proximity to people who don’t know God, we are helping to preserve the atmosphere of love, unity, and healthy interpersonal relationships that God originally intended for humankind.

So be encouraged today. You are precious, valuable, and you are the preservative that God is using in the earth today! Go and be the Salt of the Earth!

Guest devotion by Russ Mason. Russ is a Christian husband, father, friend, encourager, mentor, author, and Pastor who is passionate about helping people and churches reach their greatest potential in Christ. Learn how you can become a guest writer.

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