Salt

 
Salt: Matthew 5:13-16
 
In Matthew chapter 5:13-16, Jesus introduces us to a concept of Christian Living that should not be overlooked.  He called us two things in this passage of scripture, salt and light. Once while observing this passage of scripture I noticed something that really brought a question to mind. The Master states that if the salt has lost its seasoning where will it be salted. Apparently the master was not talking about table salt as we know it today. The table salt that we use in our food will continue to be salt because it does not change. Table salt may have a best by date but it does not expire.
 
The Master is not speaking of table salt but of salt that comes from the Dead Sea. The impurities in the salt from this body of water is not beneficial for our food. So the purpose that Jesus has in mind for salt is the inherent impurities that would make us of no benefit to the world. In other words our ethics must agree with out behavior. Our inward motives are just as important if not more than our actions. He teaches this in the remainder of the book of Matthew. Notice how he describes adultery “If a man looks lustfully upon a woman in his heart, he has already committed adultery.” Notice there is an inward motive going against an outward action. Notice what he tells us about murder: “If a man is angry with his brother or sister (inward motives) will be subject to judgment.”
 
We ought to do everything possible to make sure that our inward motives are correct concerning others. A Christian without ethics is much like a stale cake. He or she is good for nothing but to be thrown away. Even though salt is known as a preservative and also efficient in killing the land this analogy is not used here. It is very important that we have something (someone) within us to guide our outward behavior in this life. If we don’t we will partake of anything and still call ourselves disciples of Christ. My friend have salt in yourselves because we have a message for a dying world!