Salt of the Earth

8 September 2020 2 By Nathan A. Hughes, Esq.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

Matthew 5:13


Our Lord and Saviour addresses the Christian’s conduct here. The disciples of Jesus Christ are meant to be the salt of the earth. We are here to be a good influence on the world and the local area where God has placed us. If you look back on British history the British have been most blessed when Christianity has been evangelical. When there has been social reform in England it was by evangelical men and women. For example, the abolition of the slave trade, reform of the lunacy laws, child labour and factory reform and education reform. The best influence we can be to our nation is to share the Gospel with the lost and warn the nation against sinfulness. We are to provide biblical answers to the problems of the day. 

In the Middle East during the time of Jesus salt had two main purposes. Firstly, salt was used to preserve food. There were no refrigerators in the first century, salt was used to preserve food particularly meat. Christ’s followers are in the world to preserve the world from sin and evil. This is only made possible by the preaching of God’s Word. We are to be the proclaimer of righteousness. The world is corrupted by sin we are to call sinners to repentance. A faithful Christian will proclaim the Good News of Christ. 

Secondly, salt was used to enhance the flavour of food. As followers of Christ we are called to enhance the spiritual lives of God’s people. We are also called to enhance the well-being of the nation we are placed in. Luke 14: 34 says, “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?” 

Search your heart and answer these questions. 

1. Do you fill your mind with thoughts that draw you closer to God? 
2. Are you striving to be more Christlike? 
3. Do you make time to search the Scriptures? 
4. Is the Holy Bible the central focus of daily living? 
5. Do you share the Gospel with the lost? 
6. Do you earnestly contend for the faith? 
7. Are you challenging the lost to live for Christ? 

If you are not striving to be a godly example in your daily life, then confess this to God and ask Him to change your heart towards the things of Him. We are called to be the salt of the world for a reason. God has chosen Christian people to be a blessing in the world. God can and does work independently of His creation. However, God does work through the saints. Not every Christian is called to be a preacher, but everyone is called to share the Gospel. Are you faithfully serving and seeking the living God today? This question is very important.