Verse 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 underfoot.”
Again we turn to the benefits and uses of salt that give us examples on how to be the salt of the earth that Jesus said we are. We have looked at how it flavors and melts. Today we will look at its healing properties.
It isn’t that it really heals as much as it aids in healing by cleansing, drawing and soothing. Salt can be used for so many different things in our health. We need a certain amount of salt in our systems to remain healthy and yet, as we talked about the other day, too much is not good for us. Yet there are other ways that we can use salt in keeping ourselves healthy. Things like soaking our tired feet in Epsom salt or gargling it if we have a sore throat. Maybe you use a saline solution for your nasal issues during cold or allergy season. Still other options include canker sores, psoriasis, eczema, and ingrown toenails. Add to that list the options of baking soda which is also in the sodium family and all of a sudden you are whitening teeth, getting rid of bad breath and even taking care of bee stings. Yes, it definitely is a helpful aid to our health.
But what about our spiritual health? How can it work at healing our ailments in the spiritual sense? We mentioned earlier that it helps cleanse, draw and soothe, these three things come up in our spiritual lives just as they come up in the natural.
When salt is poured into a wound it stings and it isn’t necessarily that it is causing more issues in the wound. In fact it could be doing some cleansing. Sometimes cleansing in our life stings too. As a salt agent to our world the truths we speak will likely sting those who hear it. When we speak truth into each other’s lives it may sting, truth often does. It stings because it reveals something that we don’t want to hear about ourselves. We may not want to hear the truth but it is important for us to see it.
Another healing aspect of salt is the drawing it does. A sore foot or toe can experience much relief from a soak in warm salt water. If there is an infection, Epsom salt draws out the toxins allowing healing to begin. This brings a sense of soothing to the sore foot. We are to be the people drawing out the toxic of our society and soothing the wounds that toxicity brings. How are we doing this in our world? Can we even identify the toxins?
Making It Personal
What in your life is bringing healing to the world? Can your saltiness be pointed to as drawing out the toxins in society? What about drawing out the toxins in your family?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever gotten salt in a sore? It hurts, doesn’t it? Did you know that it can help?
Father, thank You for allowing us to experience the sting of salt in a wound to know the healing effects of it. Please help us learn to speak with saltiness so that we can help draw out the toxins in our world. In Jesus’ name, amen.