February 1, 2015
Mark 1:21-28
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Salt of the earth

Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5

Object: a container of table salt

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Good morning, boys and girls. I brought some salt with me this morning. (Show the salt.) What do we use salt for? (Let them answer.) We use it for flavoring food. How many of you put salt on your popcorn? (Let them answer.) What else do we use salt for? (Let them answer.) We put salt on the sidewalks in winter to keep us from slipping. We put salt in water softeners to soften our water.

In this morning's lesson Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth. What do you think he meant by that? (Let them answer.) In Jesus' time salt was very important. It was used to keep food from spoiling, or tasting bad. It was used in religious services. It was an example of something that was very pure and valuable. Like today, salt in Jesus' time was also used to give flavor to food. Without salt, popcorn doesn't taste as good, does it?

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When Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth, he meant that being a Christian gives flavor to our lives. So, without salt in our food, our food might become dull tasting. It wouldn't have flavor. Without Jesus in our life, our life might become dull and meaningless. Our life wouldn't have flavor. But, since Jesus is in our life, our life is exciting. When we show others that Jesus gives our life flavor, other people who don't know Jesus as we do will want to know about him. That's why we are all the salt of the earth. This week, see if you can show other people that you have flavor in your life. That flavor is because you know Jesus.