Monday, July 16, 2018

Salt of the Earth

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Can you imagine people fighting over salt! Sounds rather strange, doesn’t it? For just a few cents, we can go to our nearest grocery store and buy a bountiful supply of it. Yet, nations have fought over salt for thousands of years. Some governments tried to control the sale of it. Back in the 1400’s, Venice and Genoa went to war over it. During their retreat from Moscow, many of Napoleon’s troops died because their wounds wouldn’t heal from a lack of this medicinal agent. Mahatma Gandhi led over 50,000 people on a 240-mile “Salt March” in protest of Britain’s monopoly on sale of this important element.

Let me say it this way: there is something very special about salt and its many applications. Not only does it make food taste better, but it also slows the decaying process, and triggers the appetite. Used in correct dosages, it is a great fertilizer. And, while our bodies can’t produce sodium, our muscles and nerves don’t work without it. 

Salt is an important and versatile ingredient. That’s why Jesus used it to illustrate the influence His followers would have in the world. Salt brings out the best in everything it touches. 

Whether it’s a cleansing agent, a preservative, or a flavor enhancer, let’s be the salt the world so desperately needs. We can be “salt of the earth” through the power of the Holy Spirit.

You are the salt of the earth. Matthew 5.13

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