SALT HAS BEEN VALUED since ancient times. Because they were “eating the salt of the palace”—on the royal payroll—Jerusalem’s adversaries claimed they were obliged to bend the ear of the Persian king (Ezra 4:14). Roman soldiers received an allotment of salt, the origin of our word “salary.”… In Central and Eastern Europe, salt and bread are goodwill gifts: may you eat and live well; may we commune as neighbors in peace. …
Colossians 4:6 exhorts Christians to “let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
I don’t quite understand the full effect of the apostle’s metaphor, but if it’s meant to challenge, it succeeds.
God, I see that I must let you season my life with salt, which then becomes part of my being. Let there be “salt to taste,” a well-proportioned amount that doesn’t draw attention to itself but draws out the fine flavors of my character.
– Evelyn Bence
Room at My Table
“From page 62 of Room at My Table: Preparing Heart & Home for Christian Hospitality by Evelyn Bence. Copyright © 2014 by Evelyn Bence. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
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Where can you be salt in the world? Share your thoughts.
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”
Mark 12:28, NRSV
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