Words from the Heart for Thursday April 23rd, 2020
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
Salt of the Earth
Compass Minerals Goderich salt mine, located 1,800 feet under Lake Huron, is the largest underground salt mine in the world. The mine is as deep as the CN Tower in Toronto is tall. It has operated since 1959. The rock salt produced at the mine is used to keep citizens in North America safe as they travel through winter snow and ice. Some of the salt is for distribution and sale at retailers in North America. The salt is also sold in bulk to manufacture plastics, detergents and disinfectants.
I ate some soup recently that was really bland. The cook took one bite, looked up with an odd expression on her face and said, “Oops. Tastes like I forgot to add the salt. You will need to add some.” Salt brings out the flavor of food and makes a meal much more enjoyable. In the past, before refrigeration, it kept food from going bad – salt pork is still popular in some parts of the world. In Jesus’ day, before refrigeration, and in a world where fish was staple, salt was vital to life. No wonder Jesus said this in Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” We are called to add flavour to the world as we live our lives for Jesus, filled with joy and peace that only He can give. We are called to bring life to a world that is far too focused on death. You are the salt of the world. How can you bring the flavour of Jesus to those you meet today?
These have been words from the heart.