An examination of the beatitude found in Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Jesus declares us to be the “salt of the earth.” Salt preserves and cleanses. From a spiritual standpoint, Believers are to preserve the culture by holding to the truth of Scripture. When we abandon the truth and give in to the spirit of the age we cease to be salt and are not any good to the kingdom work upon this earth.
We are also to be cleansing agents by doing right and loving others. In a world filled with hate, we are to love and help others. We cleanse the world through righteousness and holiness.
Salt also creates thirst. Christians should live their lives in such a way that they create a “thirst” for the gospel. Peter puts it this way, Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:12)
May we go and do likewise!