Deuteronomy 29:23 (CEB)
23Look at all its land burned by sulfur and salt, unsuitable for planting, unable to grow or produce any vegetation, as devastated as Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord devastated in anger and wrath!
As we have been reflecting on what it means to be "the salt of the earth," one thing that occurred to me is that salt isn't very good for the earth--at least not if you're going to try to grow vegetation there. In medieval times, conquering armies would sometimes plow salt into the farming fields, rendering the soil useless for growing crops, thereby making impossible any short-term rebuilding of the civilization there.
Anyway, Jesus called us "the salt of the earth," not on the earth, or in the earth. It is interesting though, that while salt has so many good uses--enhancing the flavor of food, melting ice, healing, and preserving--it can also be used to bring about destruction and ruin.
Salt works that way in our bodies, too. It regulates the amount of water content in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diet, and we'll have high blood pressure. Simply put, we need it to live, and it can kill us. It all depends on how we use it.
Actually, we can choose to use poorly any of the good things God has given us: whether to speak kindly or harshly; whether to hug or hit; whether to embrace diversity or shun differences; whether to honor our bodies or degrade ourselves. Truth or lie, encouragement or judgment, integrity or deceit, love or lust.
You are "the salt of the earth." Your life is a good gift from God--use it well.
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