Spice of Life
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
I spent last night cooking a stew and one of the ingredients I used is soy-sauce, which is historically a way for early Asians to salt their food. Other spices can be added, but the taste of the food is lacking if there wasn’t any salt at all.
We have an expectation of being the salt of the earth. Since salt is to add flavour, that could be part of our responsibility in life; to add variety and flavour to life for a dark, bland and bitter world. If I was grumpy and moody, I wouldn’t be salt, but I would be bitter. Who wants to be around a person who is bitter? This verse calls for a more careful examination of my attitude and it should be positive and not negative. I need to be the ‘spice of life’ and not the dude of mood in my everyday interactions with others. With the attributes of patience, love, kindness and mercy, we should be better at getting along with others. It is not always the case, but it is something that we aim for as we attempt to imitate Jesus.