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.
The ancient Hebrews had many uses for salt. Each of these uses was very unique. I tend to think that Jesus' statement about being the "Salt of the Earth", at least to some level, means that His followers are to serve different, needed purposes in the world. This morning, we are going to focus on one specific use of salt and try to understand what that means for us over 2000 years later.
For the Hebrew people, salt was not just useful, it was symbolic. Salt was the symbol of purity and holiness that was meant to be desirable and draw people in. Some of the Hebrew people might even say that salt, in its uses and appearances, shows people the goodness and purity of God.
Because of this, the Hebrew people would often sprinkle salt on their altars before offering sacrifices to God. In this case, Salt is meant to be sprinkled in order to prepare something for God.
Think about this now... Jesus said YOU are the Salt of the Earth. That means that WE have been invited to join Jesus in preparing the whole earth for God to dwell with us here. So this morning, as we soak in what it means for us to prepare the Earth for God, let us pray that God's kingdom would come and His will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.