Matthew 5:13 (NIV) “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.”
Did you know that Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is found in every cell of the human body? Literally salt is part of you. Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth.” There is no should, could, or ought. It is a state of being; a description of your Christianity if you will.
You can have more salt than your body needs for about three dollars per year. However, at the time of Jesus, salt was a precious commodity. A Roman soldier was often paid in salt. The Latin word is sal, which is the basis for the English word salary. A legionnaire who was not performing all his duties was said to not be worth his salt. A popular saying among the Romans at the time was “Nil sole et sale utilius.” There is nothing more useful than sun (i.e. light) and salt.
Salt is a stable compound. NaCl does not lose its saltiness over time. The only way salt becomes less salty is when it becomes contaminated with impurities. In Israel at the time of Jesus, a lot of the usable salt came from the Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea. In places where the NaCl became mixed with impurities, the salt became useless. It still looked like salt, but lacked the flavor. Such look-alike salt was thrown on the pathways to harden the ground and rid the walkways of weeds. It was also applied to gypsum flooring to harden it, thus keeping it from flaking or chipping.
Good ethics is like salt. It adds to the possibilities, it makes things more palatable, and it stings open wounds.
What are some ways to lose one’s salt?
- Staying silent when we should speak up
- Going with the flow, instead of making a stand
- Ignoring the needs of others
Be salt, Christian coach.
About the author: Michael J. Marx, EdD is the Founder of Blazing New Trails Coaching. He is a sought-after business and life coach for those who want to explore new directions. Michael’s purpose is to be a catalyst and his greatest joy is seeing people move from having a stalled life to a dynamic one. Michael holds the Professional Certified Coach credential (ICF), the Professional Certified Christian Coach credential (CCNI) as well as being a Certified Professional Life Coach (PCCI). He brings more than two decades of experience in teaching, coaching, and mentoring in an international arena. Michael is also on the board of directors of the Christian Coaches Network International and serves as the leader of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Ethics Community of Practice. In 2016 he published his book, Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches. He lives at 8162 feet in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Joy and a dozen sled dogs.