“You are the salt of the earth… You are
the light of the world… Matthew 5:13,
This scripture in Matthew boils down to
one word, influence. True Christianity, as
displayed in the Beatitudes, has a
tremendous amount of influence.
“A Holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns, they just shine.” (D.L. Moody)
This is how we show our influence.
Salt and light balance each other. Salt is
hidden; it works secretly and slowly.
Light is seen; it works openly and
The influence of Christian
character is quiet and penetrating. The
influence of Christian conduct is obvious
and attracting. The two go together and
reinforce each other. Conduct without
character is hypocrisy; character
without conduct is disobedience.
Both salt and light must make contact if they are to do any good. Salt in the container can never have any influence; neither can a light hidden under a bowl.
Too many Christians have the idea that they are serving God by sitting in church. The greatest need is outside the church building. Our influence is not in the church but outside in the world.
We worship in the church to supply our spiritual needs so that we can have power to show our influence to the world.
Jesus tells us that we are to have a
double influence on the world. By being
the salt, we are to stop the decay of our
world and bring the healing of Jesus
Christ into the world. By being the light,
we are to show light in the darkness.
“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:6-9)
We need to be like John the Baptist and tell about the one who came to be our Savior.