February 5, 2023
|Posted on February 5, 2023 at 11:15 AM|
Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
" YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH." ( MATHEW 5:13).
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus says: 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."
Why did Jesus call His disciples the " Salt of the earth? Salt was very valuable in ancient times and was used in various ways. People used salt as a flavor to give taste to food, preservative to preserve food such as meat fish and all kinds of sea food. It was also used as medicine for healing wounds. Salt was used for trading together with gold between Africa and Europe. The Romans used salt as wages to pay their soldiers instead of money. The purity of salt was used metaphorically for calling believers to purity of life. Salt was only good when it was put into use otherwise it was useless.
Jesus called upon his disciples the salt of the earth to know that they were so valuable and were called to be as pure as salt. The disciples were to give taste to the world. as salt does to food. The disciples of Jesus were also called to live among other people and preserve them from decaying in their moral standards.
As Jesus went around healing people, his disciples were sent out to heal the community around them by preaching the gospel of salvation and repentance of sins. If the disciples of Jesus do not preach the gospel of salvation and lead a pure life that transforms the lives of the community then they are good for nothing.
Whatever we do or say should transform the society into Christ like nature. Colossians 3:17 says: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.