Throughout history, salt has bore much significance. Salt was exchanged as a symbol of preserving the promise when two people, tribes or nations reached an agreement. The exchange was a reminder of their oath to keep up their end of the bargain. To season food, was another purpose for the abundantly available salt. Lastly, salt was a powerful preserving agent for food. Prior to refrigeration, salt kept food from decay far longer than if left alone without it.
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples: “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” – (Mark 9:50)
We are called to be salt and light to the world. If we are as salt, we will remember God’s faithfulness to us, and live accordingly, preserving the promises of God, by presenting His light through how we live. To be salt, we should flavor the world with His goodness and grace. Bitterness ought to be far from us, as such tastes repel people from Him. As salt, we are to preserve peace. Our lives ought to counteract the moral decay that surrounds us, as we “salt” the earth with His love. If we lose our passion to persevere, we lose our “saltiness”, and become useless to the One who created us with purpose and passion.
as His salt and light;
preserving the truth,
Season what’s spoken,
let God grant each word;
may peace be preserved,
as the truth is heard.
Pour out His goodness,
season well with grace;
be light in darkness,
with passion, embrace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the light of the world, and in You, there are no shifting shadows. Thank You that You call us to be salt and light. Thank You that You only call us to do that which You will also equip us. Forgive us for our moments where we were anything but salt or light to those around us, and grant us the grace to rise up and be a people who flavor the world around us with Your goodness and grace, so that many may come to desire to seek Your face. Let our priority be set in You, and our lives be lived out in loving well, as Your salt and light unto the world. May we walk out our purpose with passion today and always. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3