Thursday – January 11, 2024

Genesis 24-25; Psalm 4; Mark 9

by Becky Hill Martin 

“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

Salt – we all use it, maybe a little too much of it, on food, to make roads safe in the ice, for purifying, cleaning, and preserving things. In Jesus’ time, it was used as money and considered sacred. Jesus called His disciples the “salt of the earth.” They were valuable in His eyes. But when they fought among each other, He warned that salt isn’t useful if it loses its flavor.

But wait – can salt lose its saltiness? Chemistry says, “no.” However, it can lose its properties and become less salty when diluted by water or another substance. So, since we are called to be Jesus’ modern-day disciples and “salt of the earth,” can we be diluted?

Yes, we can when we constantly sin by conforming to the world instead of bringing value to it by preserving His ways. Jesus says we are like salt – valuable. It’s up to us to stay salty and useful to God.


  1. Jean says: