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8 Reasons Christians Are Like Salt

Jesus said, “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 by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

In the life more abundant that Christ came to bring, how do Christians take on the characteristics of salt?

Here are our top 8 reasons:

08.  Deodorizing 

Sprinkling a little salt in your shoes occasionally will soak up the moisture and reduce the odor.  In the same way 2 Corinthians says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

07.  Discerning

Want to know if an egg is fresh?  Drop it in a cup of water with two teaspoons of salt stirred in.  Fresh eggs sink; old eggs float.  Paul tells the Philippians: “this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)

06.  Gardening

Adding a little Epsom Salt to your plants will help them grow healthy and strong.  Often times sharing the Gospel is referred to as “seed sowing” as when Paul says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6)

05.  Cleaning

Salt will remove just about any stain from just about anything including wine, perspiration, grease, soot, blood, oven spills, rings on tables—it’s even used by doctors to remove tattoos.  Just like we “have washed [our] robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)

04.  Resting

If you’re fatigued, nothing is as revitalizing as sitting in a warm tub with several handfuls of salt thrown in.  Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

03.  Preserving

One of the oldest uses for salt is as a preservative.  A little salt will keep your milk fresher, your meat from spoiling, your cheese from molding, and it will even keep your cut flowers looking beautiful longer.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

02.  Enhancing

Salt also enhances the flavor of foods.  Whether it’s making meat more robust, helping differentiate vegetables in a dish, deepening desserts, or giving starches any flavor at all, salt is a must when it comes to food.  Just ask someone on a low-sodium diet.  In the same way Christ enhances our life abundantly “beyond anything we can think or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)

01.  Living

Finally and most importantly, salt is necessary for life.  Salt regulates metabolism, maintains electrolyte balance, and helps in hydration.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins . . . But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:1, 4-7)

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