People travel thousands of miles on camelback to trade gold for it, ounce-for-ounce.
Roman soldiers receive a "salarium," a partial paycheck of it (from which we derive our word salary).
14,000 uses. One mineral. And we are called to be it.
It's not a question of quantity, it's a question of quality.
Because if you have ever claimed the name of Christ, you have claimed His salt too.
We are all "salt-bearers" in a sense.
And I have to admit, I like salt. Somehow it makes everything tastes better.
"Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it?
Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” Mark 9:50
But salt without its saltiness? Worthless. Impossible. (really?)
The chemical form of sodium chloride cannot be easily altered.
Only by dilution can the saltiness be compromised.
And only by mingling with the substance to which it is added, can it preserve and flavor.
It's a question of caliber.
If we want to exert a saving influence on the world, we must receive the saving salt.
The salt that has not lost its saltiness. And we must mingle in order to preserve.
The world is saved as individuals, not as masses, through personal influence, contact and association.
Salt that has lost its flavor can mingle with the world and not affect a soul.
It's a mere profession of godliness.
But a truly "salty" Christian? The world will not remain the same where he has visited.
"Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,
that you may know how you ought to answer each one." Colossians 4:6