Our scripture this week is Matthew 5:13-20.

“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

Jesus tells us we are like the stuff the earth is made of, for all things have a common origin in God, their creator. While this may be a little humbling, it is also a wonderful blessing, that we and everything God made are all connected to each other and Him. However, that isn’t the only lesson Jesus has for us in this comparison.

In those days, salt was more than just a seasoning. It was essential for preserving food and for purification. The term salary has its root in the Latin term for salt, indicating its monetary value back then. By saying “you are the salt of the earth” Jesus teaches that we are part of everything God made and that He has a plan for us – we are to purify and preserve His creation.

Are we “worth our salt”? Do we help to cleanse and save as we have been called to do? Jesus says that even something as common as salt – or humans – can play an important part in God’s plan.

Loving Lord, we are grateful that You have a plan for us and include us in Your creating work. Help us to be the salt of the earth we are called to be, common but important, and part of the coming of Your kingdom. Amen.

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