Understanding Personal Worth
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.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his body, to risk his well-being, to risk his life, in a great cause.”
How valuable is salt? I know 40 million tons are required each year to fill our needs. Here are some little thoughts about salt.
- Homer called it divine.
- Plato called it a “substance dear to the gods.”
- Shakespeare mentioned salt 17 times in his plays.
- Perhaps Leonard da Vinci wanted to send a subtle message about purity lost when he painted “The last Supper.” In that painting an overturned salt cellar is conspicuously placed before Judas.
- In ancient Greece a trade involving the exchange of salt for slaves gave rise to the expression, “…not worth his salt.”
- Special salt rations were given to Roman soldiers and known as “Solarium Argentums” the forerunner of the English word “salary.”
- Thousands of Napoleon’s troops died during his retreat from Moscow because their wounds would not heal–their bodies lacked salt.
- The human body contains about 4oz. of salt. Without enough of it, muscles won’t contract, blood won’t circulate, food won’t digest and the heart won’t beat a beat.
We Are The Salt Of The Earth
Without a doubt, salt is an important ingredient for life. And Jesus said, “We are the salt of the earth.” That places a high value on our presence as Christ followers in this world. This causes me to question with all the anti-Christian attitudes and the attacks on Christianity whether Christianity has “lost it’s saltiness.” I find Christians far too complicit even afraid to speak out. We don’t have to be jerks about our faith, but we should not hesitate to stand for our values in a world going in the opposite direction.
It is time for Christians to bring health back to our nation and our world. Let’s regain that saltiness that enhances flavor, brings the good out.
Are we worth our salt in the world today?
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for challenging us to better more effective lives in the world. You are the hope of the world and we are your only visible representatives here. I want to be worth my salt when I stand before you on that day and give an account for my life. May the Holy Spirit be active in my life to constantly be adding value, enhancing the flavor of this incredible life and promise of eternal life that we have in you, Jesus. I don’t have words to express my gratitude, and words are not really what you want. You want action. The salt doesn’t come out of the shaker without action. Help me today to be a person of action. AMEN.