Chic Broersma

Read: Matthew 5:13-14

You are the salt of the earth. (v. 13)

The book chosen for our book club bore the title Salt. I thought, “There must be some mistake. What can be interesting to learn about salt?” Over the next few weeks of reading I was about to find out. Salt processing goes back about 6,000 years and was prized by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Hittites, and Egyptians. The scarcity and universal need for salt caused nations to go to war over it. At one point, salt as a trade commodity was of greater value than platinum. I could hear the author say, “So there!”

When Jesus addresses you and me as salt, it says something about the high value he places on us and our importance in our communities. Salt preserves what is valuable and adds flavor. The metaphor speaks to our calling as Christians in the surrounding culture with its ever-changing, ever the same, boring decay and corruption.

Have you ever sprinkled salt on your food and couldn’t taste any difference? Disappointing, right? Jesus expects us to make a difference in the world. We pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). We must put hands and feet to that prayer every day. When we lose the tang of living out the gospel, the world suffers further spiritual decay. It’s so easy to complain about how things are getting worse. Yet, instead of faulting the world, let’s check our Christian distinctiveness. Have we lost it? —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, without calling attention to myself, help me to make a difference for you and the gospel every day.