Key Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth.... You are the light of the world...”
Have you ever thought, “I want to make a difference?” As a disciple of Christ, you are an influence in the world. It’s not you, but the Holy Spirit in you.
Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, followers of Christ already possess influence. Disciples are salt and light, and are to live distinctly and differently than those in the world.
Salt, if used at the right time in the right quantity, activates taste, enhances flavor, and preserves. The lost world has no taste for holiness or righteousness, and walks with reckless abandon in death and decay. We are to walk in wisdom toward them, make the best use of the time, and declare the mystery of Christ (Col 4:3). In doing so, we influence through the life-giving news of the gospel.
However, Jesus warns us. Un-salty salt isn’t salt and is only useful for an icy walkway. If we allow unrepentant sin, earthly passions, or desires of the flesh to rule our lives, we do not enhance the lives of those around us (Ephesians 5; Col 3:5-10; Gal 5:16-26). We have no positive influence (Matt 5:13).
Additionally, you are the light of the world. As a reflection of the true Light of life, which is Christ in you (John 1:4; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5), your life must reflect the true knowledge of God. As you put to death the flesh, walk in the Spirit and speak the gospel; your life influences others. However, just as an un-salty life has no influence, neither does a covered light. Your life should illuminate Christ who is in you.
What’s the point of our influence? “That they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). As salt preserves, and light illuminates, our lives have influence as we point to the One who gives abundant life (John 10:10) and is the Light in the darkness (John 8:12). Live as an influencer for the Kingdom of God. Live brilliantly salty.
Question to Consider:
Do I realize the influence that I have on the lost world around me?
Father God, I pray that I would obey and live my life as a gospel influence.