One recent study estimates that 2.3 million people around the world die every year because of too much salt. Research says adults in North America ingest, on average, nearly 4,000 mg of sodium every day. That far exceeds the recommended upper limit of 2,400 mg of salt daily.
But really, your daily salt intake is not the primary focus of this post. That’s something you should discuss with your nutritionist or cardiologist – or at least with your family doctor.
What about salt from a spiritual perspective? The Lord Jesus said to His disciples:
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. Matthew 5:13
Most of us know what sodium chloride (NaCl) can be used for; but, the Lord Jesus expects our consideration of His statement, “You are the salt of the earth” to go far beyond the technical aspect of salt. He wants the statement to impact our own lives at a deeply spiritual level.
Have you ever considered the connection between yourself and the salt metaphor? Below there are some pointed personal questions for you to consider. It would be a healthy exercise for every reader to kneel our hearts (if not our knees) today in the Lord’s presence and to quietly consider each of the six sets of questions below.
Salt is a preservative. What am I doing to preserve those in the community who are at risk or are perishing? Am I doing my part to preserve them and protect them from danger, risk and ultimately, eternal punishment?
Salt heals wounds, cankers and sores. Yes, it might hurt and sting, but salt helps cankers. What am I doing to heal the wounds and hurts inside my circle of influence at school, work or the neighborhood?
Salt creates thirst. Farmers want their cows to lick the blocks of salt in the field, so they will drink plenty of water to remain healthy. Is my lifestyle creating a thirst – a real craving for Christ?
Salt melts ice. It is an ice-cold world out there. What am I doing to melt the ice of life in people’s lives – Christians and non-Christians?
Salt adds a positive flavour. What flavour am I adding to conversations with friends within the local assembly and in the community with my neighbors?
Salt must be applied to have its impact. Salt’s impact is not felt in the shaker. It must come out before it does it work. It is wonderful for us to be enjoying Christ in private, but if it is solely private and kept within the shaker – the real impact of my Christian life will not be realized. Where could I sprinkle some salt today?
If you would like to add to the above list, please leave your additional thoughts in the Comment Section below.
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.
Warmly in Christ
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