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).

What are the qualities of salt?  I’m not one that puts a lot of salt on things.  There are times when it is obviously needed – bland potatoes are the best example of this.  But what does salt do that is so important?  Here’s a list that I can think of, and some questions to think about as followers of Jesus.

1. Seasoning.  This is the most obvious use for salt.  There are some things that just taste better with salt.  You notice when it’s not there.  How can we provide seasoning in the world?  What are the bland areas that could use the touch of a follower of Christ?

2. Preservation.  Salt used to be a primary way that people preserved their food.  In fact, I imagine it’s still one of the prominent uses of salt – given that any frozen meal will consist of about 34% sodium for a pea-sized serving.  What are the things that we can preserve?  What are the things that need to be preserved?  I imagine that it’s important for us to preserve our faith, not just for ourselves, but for all generations.

3. Smelling salts help wake us up.  Ever seen those used on the football field?  I’m not sure if I have during an actual game, but they do it in the movies from time to time.  In what ways do we need to wake up?  Where are we sleeping as a community of faith?  What is passing us by?

4. Health purposes.  Salt can be used for a variety of health purposes.  You can read about different medical uses for salt on this link.  It says that it’s just for informational purposes, not to be used as medical advice… so pay attention to that part!  How can we bring healing to the world?  So many times, Christians have this tendency to cause harm to those with whom we disagree.  How can we bring healing instead of hurt?

These are just a few things that I can think of that salt is used for.  What else?