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Be Worth Your Salt

October 03, 2018
By Pastor Ramthun

Be Worth Your Salt!

Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.”

            It’s amazing how many uses for salt there are!  One sight on the internet mentioned over 14,000 known uses.  That’s quite amazing!  Various studies over the years seem to show that too much salt might be unhealthy and yet some studies show maybe that’s not the whole story.  Regardless of those studies, most of us know how good salt can be on things such as French fries and popcorn.  Salt is also used for making chemicals, deicing, treating wounds, cleansing agents, as well as for preserving food before refrigeration came about.  One suggestion was to put some salt in your smelly shoes to get rid of the odor!

            The expression to be worth one’s salt seems to have its roots in ancient Rome, where soldiers were sometimes paid in salt or given an allowance to purchase salt. The word salary comes from the Latin “salarium”, which originally referred to a soldier’s allowance to buy salt.  Being worth your salt is an expression that usually means that you are competent and deserve what you are earning.  It is a good thing for people to believe that you are doing your job, working hard and receiving a fair wage. 

            In Mark chapter 9, verses 38-50, Jesus is quite clear.  He is giving his followers a stern warning.  He is describing a clear picture of what hell is like and that hell is a separation from God and a place of God’s wrath eternally.  He wanted His followers to see the seriousness of sin and the importance of staying in their faith.  There is nothing more important than the retaining of our faith in Jesus!  The Lord will be coming to judge the living and the dead and as followers of Jesus we need to practice self-control and let God’s Word and grace be our guide and strength.

            We have a Gospel promise in Jesus’ words that say we will be salted with fire.  It is in the Word of God and the working of the Holy Spirit that our Lord leads us and cleanses and purifies us!  It is in God’s Word and through the Holy Spirit, God’s means of grace, that we are forgiven and strengthened to do battle against sin, the world, and the devil.  We need to be purified and preserved through God’s grace and see how God has provided the way!  He has provided the way out of what we really deserve and also provided the way to faithfully follow as His disciples until he call us home to heaven!

            As we are daily “salted” with God’s Word and the working of the Holy Spirit, we can be at peace with ourselves and with others as we go and walk in His ways.  We can add flavor and seasoning to this world of darkness and point others to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world!  Our daily prayer can be, “Lord, let me be worthy of Your salt.”  He has gifted us with His salt-His Word and Spirit! May we enjoy being His empowered faithful followers!