The Salt of the Earth


Matthew 5:13 (CEB)
13“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet.”


You have probably heard “you are the salt of the earth” before. It seems to get quoted a lot. But what does it mean? This, week, we’re going to explore what it means to be “the salt of the earth” by considering some of the most common uses for salt.

Probably the thing we do with salt most often is put it on food. Can you imagine popcorn without salt? Yuck! You may as well just eat Styrofoam!

In the summertime, I look forward to a huge, juicy piece of watermelon. And it’s even better with just a dash of salt. (Don’t even say, “Ew!” until you’ve tried it.) It makes the watermelon taste so much more watermelony!

I think that’s the point right there. We don’t put salt on food because we want to taste the salt. We put salt on our food because it brings out the good flavor our food already has.

Is it possible that we could act in a similar manner by acknowledging and encouraging the good qualities we see in other people? Sometimes, just a little recognition and a simple kind word can really lift a person’s spirit and motivate them to do even more great things.


You could do that, right? You could be actively looking for good things that people are doing and point them out to other people. You could encourage—and even join them—in their efforts. That’s part of what it means to be “the salt of the earth.”


If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.