SALT OF THE EARTH
Jesus tells those wishing to follow him that they must make a difference in the world. The difference made is “the flavor” or good works, sprinkled like salt, that believers are to do that shine like a light on a lampstand.
Consider that for many years salt was used as an agent to slow the decay of meat and other foods so that they could be edible for a longer period. Christians who obey God and do his will act as a preservative of the human race and the earth by slowing down the moral and spiritual decay of the world around them.
Making a difference, however, even includes even more than our actions. According to the apostle Paul, we must also use our words like salt to season or benefit those we talk to (Colossians 4:5 – 6).
So, what did Jesus mean when he stated that salt which loses its flavor is only fit to be trampled?
In the first century, houses were often built (or had added to them) with upper rooms where guests could stay for the night or which could be used for special occasions. These rooms usually had floors composed of wood which had a special mix of plaster laid over them. Ordinary plaster used for building structures like walls was too soft for floors since it was prone to peeling and cracking. Adding salt to plaster made it hard enough to withstand the wear and tear experienced by a floor.
Salt, however, when added to a floor, rendered the mineral impure and no longer able to fulfill its role as a seasoning agent. In such an irreversible state, it was then only good to be walked on.
Christians, like salt, need to live as pure a life as possible so that they can maximize their ability to “flavor” or bless the earth through their good works. When true believers mix into themselves things like false doctrines, they lose their purity and their originally intended purpose. They then can become useless and vain (see Mark 7:7 – 9). Source
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