Re: Verse reading–Matthew 5:1-16 (day four) “If the salt loses its saltiness. . .it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” (vs 13) It was a compelling illustration. Convicting even today. While salt (NaCl) can never lose its chemical properties,” blocks of salt” did so all the time in the ancient world. As the real salt leached away, it left a useless, tasteless pile of chalky impurity. The warning? It is possible for Christians to lose our distinctiveness and ministry! Avoiding persecution and desiring pleasure we become cautious and forfeit our Kingdom service. When this happens, the Lord ” throws us out” just as the ancients did the impurities–used for road construction projects. Are we already seeing the warning light of such a judgement by God? Many are. If lost completely, salt cannot regain its saltiness. Better for us to hear this warning and repent now! May the Lord give us urgency and hope!