In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his disciples, "You are the salt of the earth. " As salt is used to thaw the frozen roadways, our job is to thaw frozen hearts.
Salt was a precious commodity in Bible times, used to preserve food and provide flavor. It has healing properties, produces thirst, and was so valuable that people were often paid in salt (sal-ary). All these qualities relate to us as disciples as well. We are to be a preserving factor in society, adding flavor to people's lives, being a healing influence on those around us and producing a thirst for God.Jesus warns, "But what good is salt if it has lost its saltiness? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out." Since salt is a very stable substance, it is impossible for salt to lose any of its properties. So what did Jesus mean? In His day, the way that salt lost its "saltiness" was to become comingled with other substances, like sand. In other words, as salt, we are to remain pure, and to be the one having a positive effect on others, to be the influencer.
Let the salt we so commonly use every day be a reminder for us to "be the salt of the earth".