Object Lessons

Salt of the Earth

Objects: Salt in Salt-Box, or Salt-Shaker; a Jar of Water and an Egg.

Salt is not an expensive article of food, but a very important one. When the Lord Jesus was here upon earth, He said, "Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is therefore good for nothing but to be cast out and be trodden under foot of men"—Matt. 5:13.

All that salt is in the natural, the Lord Jesus wants the Christian to be in a spiritual sense. Salt was a common product in the days when the Lord Jesus walked the earth, as now, so that His disciples understood what He meant when He said, "Ye are the salt of the earth."

Let us listen to the message of the fine grains of salt.

Salt is used to season food and make it palatable. Think of a meal being served without salt. So, think of a community without Christians. The reason such terrible conditions exist in heathen lands, is that the Lord Jesus is not known and the Bible not read. People who do not know Him are SALTLESS. There is no savor about their lives.

Salt permeates, or penetrates food very quickly. Put a bit in a glass of water and soon the entire contents are affected by it. It is not careful to hide its identity—it seems to be constantly saying, "I am salt: I am salt."

What a challenge to the Christian boy or girl to always let his or her influence be felt for the Lord Jesus, to let others know that he or she is a Christian.

(Suggest ways of boys and girls letting their influence be felt for the Lord.)

Salt has healing properties, and is often used as an antiseptic or a purifier. If Christian boys and girls are like salt, then they too, will lend a purifying influence among their playmates and friends. They will be able to HEAL many quarrels and misunderstandings. Parents are always glad to have their children make friends with the Christian boy or girl, for this very reason.

Salt is very powerful, too, as you shall see. I have here a jar of water and an egg. When I put the egg in the jar of water, notice what happens! (Demonstrate.) Why, the egg falls to the bottom of the jar. It can only be lifted up by means of a spoon. But suppose I add some salt, then what will happen? (Demonstrate.) See the egg come to the top! Salt has lifting power, and is able not only to lift the egg, but to keep it afloat on the water.

The world drags a man down in sin and would keep him down. A Christian should, like the salt, lift men "up"—not in his own strength, but by pointing him to the One, who alone can reach down to the depths and lift a man up to the heights. "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" except the name of Jesus.—Acts 4:12. There is power in His name. "Thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins"—Matt. 1:21.

When one accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour, he becomes a "new creature in Christ Jesus." His life becomes powerful like the "salt." He has a savour about him that tells of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you like these little white grains of salt, boys and girls? If not, the Lord Jesus wants you to be. Hear His words, "Ye are the salt of the earth."

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