*Salt of the Earth*
Salt is not an expensive article of food, but a very important one.
When the Lord Jesus was here upon earth,
He said, “YOU are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength,
how will its saltness be restored? It is no longer usable for anything
but to be thrown outside to be trampled on by men.”
All that salt is in the natural, the Lord Jesus wants the Christian to be
in a spiritual sense. Salt was a common product in the days when the
Lord Jesus walked the earth, as now, so that His disciples understood
what He meant when He said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.”
Let us listen to the message of the fine grains of salt.
Salt is used to season food and make it palatable.
Think of a meal being served without salt.
So, think of a community without Christians.
The reason such terrible conditions exist in heathen lands,
is that the Lord Jesus is not known and the Bible not read.
People who do not know Him are SALTLESS.
There is no savor about their lives.
Salt permeates, or penetrates food very quickly.
Put a bit in a glass of water and soon the entire contents are affected by it.
It is not careful to hide its identity—it seems to be constantly saying,
“I am salt: I am salt.”
Salt has healing properties, and is often used as an antiseptic or a purifier.
If Christian boys and girls are like salt, then they too, will lend a purifying
influence among their playmates and friends.
They will be able to HEAL many quarrels and misunderstandings.
Parents are always glad to have their children make friends with the
Christian boy or girl, for this very reason.
Salt is very powerful, too, as you shall see.
I have here a jar of water and an egg.
When I put the egg in the jar of water, notice what happens!
Why, the egg falls to the bottom of the jar.
It can only be lifted up by means of a spoon.
But suppose I add some salt, then what will happen?
See the egg come to the top!
Salt has lifting power, and is able not only to lift the egg,
but to keep it afloat on the water.
The world drags a man down in sin and would keep him down.
A Christian should, like the salt, lift men “up”—not in his own
strength, but by pointing him to the One, who alone can reach
down to the depths and lift a man up to the heights.
“Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else,
for there is not another name under heaven that has
been given among men by which we must get saved”
except the name of Jesus.
There is power in His name.
“Thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save
His people from their sins”
When one accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour,
he becomes a “new creature in Christ Jesus.”
His life becomes powerful like the “salt.”
He has a savor about him that tells of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you like these little white grains of salt?
If not, the Lord Jesus wants you to be.
Hear His words,
“Ye are the salt of the earth.”
“For everyone must be salted with fire.
Salt is fine; but if ever the salt loses its strength,
with what will YOU season it itself?
Have salt in yourselves, and keep peace between one another.”