Today, salt is found in every restaurant and every dinning table in America. It even comes in disposable packets in McDonald carry-out bags. We use salt without even thinking about it.
In the ancient world, salt was something that preserved life itself. Yes, salt was used to add flavor, just as we do today. Yet it also preserved fish and meat to enable nourishment during lean months or for long cross-country treks.
Why would Jesus use this peculiar metaphor for those who followed him? Most likely, Jesus had both these uses in mind when he told his follows that are to be like salt in the world. Believers "add something" to the world. We give it "flavor". Because we follow Christ, we demonstrate to the world the grace, truth, and love of God. Without us, the world would know nothing of these things.
We also preserve this world. Think about that. It is our presence that arrests corruption and slows down the spread of moral decay in this world. Remove the presence of believers, and all the world has left is its sin and misery--and God's severe judgment.
Do you realize that your presence (along with all other believers) is the only thing that keeps unbelievers from facing the judgment of God?
Don't pray to leave this world too soon--until you have finished to job God has called you to do.
Be his salt. Preserve this world, and add something to it while your at it!
You have chosen me to be your servant.
May I show this world just how loving
you truly are!