Once upon a time there was a king who had three daughters, all of whom he loved very much, but most of them the youngest of them. He wanted to know very much whether the daughters would return his love and demanded a sign of their love from them. The next day they came before him. The eldest had a bowl of sugar in her hand and said to him: I love you as much as this sugar. The father was very happy about it. The middle one had a jar of honey in her hand and said to him: I love you like this honey. The father was also happy about this and then looked expectantly at his youngest daughter. In her hand she had a board with a little salt on it and said to her father: I love you as much as this salt. Father hadn’t expected that. If that’s your love for me, you’re not my daughter anymore, he said angrily. She had to leave the royal court and go out into the world. After wandering around for a long time, she was finally able to work as a simple kitchen maid at another royal court. Nobody knew her there, and she had to do the lowest of services. But through her kind and lovable nature and her grace, she won the affection of all with whom she had anything to do with, and finally also the love of the king’s son. He wanted to marry her – as in a fairy tale. Many kings, including the bride’s father, were invited to the wedding. But nobody knew who the bride really was, not even the king’s son, and certainly not her father. The dishes served tasted wonderful. But when the bride’s father took the first bite from his plate, he had to spit it out immediately; it tasted so bad. He asked his table neighbors to be allowed to taste their dishes – and their food was delicious. Then the king jumped up angrily and shouted that he was being fooled and wanted to leave the wedding. The bridegroom’s father came up in dismay and when he tasted the food he too had to spit it out. Then he cried out with anger: Indeed, whoever has done this will be punished with death for it. Then the bride got up and said: I have prepared the dish and instead of seasoning it with salt i seasoned with sugar and honey, and told her whole story … This fairy tale is about the importance of salt for our lives.
Salt is an important and valuable mineral for our body Salt spices and gives flavor Salt has a healing, cleansing effect Salt disinified Salt is a preservative, it makes food durable Salt is essential to life Salt makes you thirsty.
So salt makes a crucial difference. In the Bible in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5:13, Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.”
So he says to them: you can make a difference, you spread spice and taste, you preserve life, you bring a message of healing into the world. He says you are the salt of the earth, not you will be. In doing so, he gives them an identity and a mission. Jesus does not say these words to all people, but to those who believe in him, follow him, who know him, to those who have a relationship with him. Faith is much more than just believing that God exists. True faith leads to a relationship with God. It is precisely this relationship that makes the difference, is the salt in the soup.
“To all who welcomed him and believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
In a relationship you get to know each other, maintain regular contact, you spend time together, you are interested in the other, you exchange ideas, talk and communicate with each other, you have the desire to do something for the other, you let the other participate at your life, you are close and trust in the other. It is the same in a relationship with God. The fellowship with Jesus influenced and shaped the disciples and that was also evident to the outside world.
“What you cultivate inside will come into view.” Johannes Hartl
So when we have a living relationship with God we become children of God and are the salt of the earth. Through the connection with God, when God lives in us, we carry the properties of salt in us.
“Salt is good for flavoring. But if it loses its taste, how can you make it salty again? You must have the quality of salt in you and live in peace with one another ”Mark 9:50
And so we can make a difference in our environment. As children of God, we are blessed and can be a blessing to others. God’s love for us makes us important and valuable and therefore we can love others too. We are healed through Jesus and can also pray for healing for our neighbors. Through Jesus we are free from guilt and pure and can forgive as well. By believing in Jesus we have the saving message in us and can pass it on. By being the salt of the earth, we can make others thirsty through our being. Thirsty for the water of life. It only takes a little salt to bring about a change, it does not need big words or deeds, it is enough to be aware that Christ lives in us and that his power is at work in us.
“May your speech always be sweet and seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer each one.” Colossians 4: 6
“You are the salt of the earth. If the salt is no longer salting, what should you use to salt? It is no longer of any use than to be thrown away and let people crush it. You are the light of the world. The city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do you light a light and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; so it shines for all who are in the house. Let your light shine before the people so that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father. ”Matthew 5: 13-16