Every Christian is called by God to be an influence on the people around them. Jesus began teaching this concept early in His ministry when He told His disciples that He would make them fishers of men. Then, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used the illustrations of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) to define the constant life-changing influence His followers would have on the world.
Both salt and light have properties that affect things around them. Salt is used as a preservative. To 'be salt' is what will preserve the good things in the world. Without your godly influence, evil and sin would push ahead, plunging the world into deeper darkness and self- destruction. Light dispels darkness; it enables people to see what they are doing. To ‘be light’ means being a witness of the truth of God’s presence and His Word. Your godly influence as light offers awareness, knowledge, understanding and a proper perspective to those in darkness.
To know the truth and fail to share it, Jesus says, is as useless as salt that looses its saltiness and is as senseless as lighting a lamp and putting it under a basket. In other words, we don’t just live out our faith inside the walls of our churches and of our homes. We are to live our faith loud and clear out in the world. We are not of the world, but we are still called to live in the world. We are to be influencers in the world, and not influenced by the world.
Let’s focus on how we can be salt and light in our every day lives. It starts by getting out of our comfort zone and sharing our love for Jesus with a friend who may not know Him, or taking someone to coffee to be a listening ear. It may be just sharing what the Lord has done for you with someone who is looking for answers. I pray that we become salt and light in everything we say and do. That is how we fish for the Kingdom!
Love and blessings,