Qualities of Salt

Qualities of Salt

01 November 2011

Reading: Psalm 121; Mark 9-10


“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50 NLT)

Jesus was talking to his students about the necessity of making hard choices – very hard choices – to fully experience Kingdom of God living. In the context of this discussion, he also mentioned the purifying effect of fire, which burns away impurities and leaves behind the things of value. Then he brought common table salt into the lesson and spoke not of its purifying, preserving characteristic but of its seasoning value.

Jesus said, “You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

Salt gives flavor. The two most easily identifiable “qualities of salt” are that it makes a good preserving agent for perishable food and as a seasoning for food. (Oh, and if you live in a place like Central Oregon, it can help melt the ice off your driveway and sidewalks in the winter!)

I remember a potato chip commercial some years ago that was based on the catch phrase, “Nobody can eat just one!” These potato chips were advertised to be so full of salty flavor that once you tasted them, you were captured by the taste and couldn’t help eating more.

Jesus said that we are to have the qualities of salt among ourselves. We are to be a preservative for our society, preventing decay and corruption, but in this context, we are to be so salty—so tasty—that anyone who tastes our flavor will keep coming back for more. And one way this saltiness will be expressed is in the quality—the peace—of our relationships with each other.


Father, I want my faith-flavor to be so salty, I want my community of faith to be so salty, that “Nobody can eat just one!” I want to live a salty, savory life that attracts others to my community and my Savior. Please help me and my friends to have the qualities of salt among us. For the Kingdom’s sake—for Jesus’ sake, Amen!

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