Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses it saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 

Salt is a funny thing! If you mix a tablespoon of salt in a glass of water, you cannot see it with the naked eye!  However, the addition of salt changes everything.  The taste of the water is different with salt, the water even behaves different.  Did you know that the salt becomes a conductor and can transfer electricity?  Did you know the density of the water goes up?  People can float in the Dead Sea because the salt content is 30%.  Salt even lowers the freezing point of water.  That is why we spread salt on the roads every winter.  Salt changes almost everything about water, even though you cannot see a difference.  

The same is true with our faith.  During Jesus’s time salt was very valuable.  At times Roman soldiers were actually paid in salt.  It was also used a preservative for food.  When it was used correctly it made a practical difference in the lives of those who had salt.  In the same way, Jesus reminds us that we are valuable.  You were not created by accident.  God knows you and made you for a purpose!  We are also created to make a difference.  Salt preserved that which sustained life.  It is also a flavoring.  It makes a difference to those who use it.  We can make a difference too.  We live in world of chaos.  Instead of adding to the chaos, become a conduit of peace. 

How about you?  Is there a way you can make a difference this week?  How can you bring unity to a season of division?  No one can see the difference Jesus makes in your life, but they can see how Jesus changes the way you live. 

Take a few moments to read and reflect on Jesus’s teaching in Mathew 5.  You are valuable!  How can Jesus use you to be a conduit of peace and unity this week?