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Salt of the Earth

posted Oct 28, 2014, 7:38 AM by Antonio Lundy   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 5:53 AM ]

"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless"   (Matthew 5:13, NLT).

I remember years ago when Albert and I worked in Markus and Sons Grocery store.  We sold those herrings, the ones that was in a five gallon container, soaking in salt brine.  Brining is an age-old process for preserving meets and quite possibly, for other things as well.  Anyway, whenever a customer wanted those herrings, one of us would have to pull them out of that container and package them for the customer.  If we got the brine on our hands, like onions, someone close to you would certainly know that we had been in the herring brine. For us, a good handwashing was needed to rid us of the smell of brine.  What about the customer who bought the herrings?  Well, in order to eat those herrings, the customer had to soak them all night, changing the water along the way.  Even with that, the flavor of  the salt would always be there.  As salt is to meat, our conversations should also be seasoned with salt (Col. 4:6).  

Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ told the discipes they were the salt of the earth.  I do believe the disciples understood the salt covenant that the LORD made with David and his sons in 2 Chroniles 13:5.  Note that it was a perpetual covenant. "Ought we not to know"? "Ought we not to know" that today, we pick up the covenant of salt. We should have a lasting impact or effect on the people we meet. Does salt ever lose its flavor or saltiness?  So if we have received the knowledge and understanding from the teachings of the set man as well as personal and conistent Bible study, waliking in truth, then you are likely to have a lasting, positive impact on those in your circle of influence.  By the way, if you want to test the herrings to see if they lose the saltiness after an ovenight soaking, visit your nearest Food Lion and purchase a pack of salt herrings.  They go really good with grits and those Pillsbury biscuits.