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, NIV
Most of the salt in ancient Israel came from the Dead Sea, which was called the Salt Sea. As water evaporated in pits near the sea, it left behind a salt residue, which was collected. It had a distinctive flavor, which made cooking and eating a pleasure. But in biblical times, salt could become contaminated with dirt or dust, and there was no way to separate the dirt from the salt. The grains were too fine. The salt was useless. It had to be thrown out.
As Christians, we have a distinctive character. We’re different from every other group in the world. If we become contaminated and lose our distinctiveness, we’re good for nothing. If the world gets into us, we’ll be of questionable value. Let’s be known for genuine internal holiness and righteousness. Let’s be like Jesus. This is the salty Christian life, the Jesus life—and this is the life of biblical distinctiveness.
For what is this salt but the saving truth of God filling the mind, and the love of God shed abroad in the heart, by the Holy Ghost? Joseph Entwisle