“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.” Matthew 5:13


There have been several different interpretations of these verses because of all the different necessities of salt in the time it was written. For example, salt was used as a preservative for food, indicating that the disciples would preserve Christ’s message in a world of decay. As a staple in diets, some have said that disciples are the seasoning of God’s kingdom on earth. As a necessary ingredient in fertilizer, many have said that disciples are an important ingredient in growing God’s kingdom.

This can seem confusing but these views are not conflicting. In fact, the best way to look at this is in an inclusive way. Jesus may not have been referring to any of these metaphors at all but simply implying the fact that salt is effective wherever you put it. Salt is an important ingredient in everyday life with many uses. But, when it loses its saltiness, it is not good to anyone. The lesson is that if you’re not being salty and making an impact wherever you are, you are not helping anyone.


  • Praise God for who He is
  • Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
  • Allow His Spirit to draw you near
  • Listen as He speaks to you


  • Pray that God helps us to become salty in the world
  • Pray that God provides us the opportunities to be salty


  • Thank God for hearing you
  • Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will


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