Matthew 5: 13; ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
In this passage, you will notice that Jesus was not speaking to the crowds of multitudes but referring to His disciples that they are the salt of the earth. Indicating you and I are the salt of the earth. Jesus did not say be salt or you have been made or you will be made salt of the earth but YOU are the salt of the earth.
What then is salt?
We all know the usefulness of salt either in our homes to add flavour or savour to our food or as a preservative. But what makes salt is its definitive property that is it is salty. Salt without its definitive property is of no value.
When Jesus used the word salt as a metaphor to describe His followers or disciples, He was saying that as salt has its definitive property that makes it salty or saltiness, also Christians must have definitive characteristics without which they would cease to be Christians. There must be something about you, something shared by all believers and followers of Jesus which is definitive. Something that marks you set you apart and identifies you as one of them.
A Christian without these special characteristics would simply not be christianly.
What constitute the saltines of a Christian or what makes you the salt of the earth?
Let’s read Matthew 5: 3-11.
- Just as salt is salty, you should be poor in the Spirit. Those who are spiritually helpless without God. Not self reliant when spiritual things are concerned but God reliant.
- You must be ready to mourn. The question you need to ask yourself is what should make you mourn? Whatever makes God mourn should be your concern.
- You should be meek. Not self assertive, not always claiming rights and prerogatives. You must assume nothing, gladly taking the lowest seat and having attitude of a servant.
- You must be hungry and thirst for righteousness. This must be your all consuming passion.
- You must be merciful, not judgemental, forgiving, pure in heart and must be a peacemaker.
- Finally be ready to be persecuted because your meekness will be taken advantage of or ridiculed, your mercy will be rebuked and your peacemaking effort will be actively undermined.
Paul counts it all blessing.