A salt shaker is a device used to spread salt over an object or surface. Most people are familiar with the household table salt shaker - used when cooking or at the dinner table to add small grains of table salt to the food they are cooking or eating. These come is all sizes and shapes - glass with silver and gold tops - ceramic in the shape of animals - figurines - inexpensive cardboard cylinders - for travel and picnics - to name a few. No matter what they are made of - how they are shaped - they accomplish the same goal - to spread salt. Salt - as a condiment - adds taste - zing - to food. In much larger devices - salt is spread on city streets and roads to improved traction for vehicles in winter - icy - road conditions. There are many forms of salt - sodium chloride - the most familiar - as table salt - used with food. Many other chemicals exist as salts - solid forms - easier to work with versus the liquid form. In so many ways - salts - important to all lives - in daily living.
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus says - "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can be seasoned?" What He was saying - if you lose faith - if you fail to shine like a candle lit in the night - if your life goes flat - empty - how can you be an effective disciple? All of us go through periods in our lives when things do not go the way we would like - loss of employment - loss of heath - misunderstanding between family - friends - loss of faith. It is bound to happen - inevitable. Knowing this - we are called to stand firm - yes be disappointed - but never give up - never lose faith - constantly trust in the Author of Life - because after - exists - the future - when all is made new. Even at the lowest points of our lives - we must remain faithful to Jesus' promises - even when we fail to see them - trusting that God is constantly there - helping - guiding. Only by remaining steadfast may we continue to be salty - to add flavor to the lives of others - as we are called to do. We are the human containers of God's salt - we need to keep moving forward - even when we don't feel like it - to spread His salt every where we go.