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Why would Jesus call me The Salt of the Earth?

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Did you know baking soda is really a type of salt? Maybe you knew this whole time and I'm a sleeping at the wheel. Regardless, I guess I never really stopped to put it together. Salt- it has such a bad rap these days, so I wouldn't think that many many years ago salt was a precious commodity. It makes sense though because salt really is so powerful when you stop to think or google about salt... Hello baking soda nugget! The bad rap comes from our excessive eating of salt combined with the processing of our foods and lack of sheer movement, at least that is what I gather. Ever had any food without salt- I mean NO salt, not the extra salt you add to your plate at the table once it's been cooked with salt and seasoning!? It can be a bit lackluster. Ever had a meal overly salted? Just as bad! Finding the balance is the key. For me, at first thought I forget there is more to salt than just flavoring your meals. Soaks, scrubs, cleaning, so much more.

When Jesus came to the Earth, He flipped everything upside down. All the rules and ways of the people did not match the expectations of Jesus. That kind of reminds me of salt in todays world. The expectations we have of salt are to use it sparingly or stay away from it or we will not be "healthy". What if we flipped it upside down and thought of salt as healing and powerful? What if we flipped our thoughts about what was important and went after it? What if today you decided to look up that saying you have heard so many times but never knew what it meant that "You are the salt of the earth." This statement is reflective of your immense value. Salt all those years ago was used to preserve and season food, make bread, heal wounds and the sick, and more. It really was precious. Jesus said "You are the salt of the earth" to the everyday people- the working class, the people who were unseen, who didn't fit in. So, what if today you whispered to see Jesus and His healing power? Maybe you will find baking soda, something found in your everyday life actually is salt to begin with. Jesus is there, He is waiting, He is calling. All you have to do is listen. There is no special dance or ritual you need to complete. There are no tasks or checklists. He believes you are a precious commodity just as you are. Be the #salt you are. Because He said so. #prayerbox4u #saltoftheearth #upsidedown

Matthew 5:13

"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."

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