Thought For Today - August 22 - What Did Jesus Say ? - About The Christian's Influence In The World ?
Thought For Today - August 22- What Did Jesus Say ? - About The Christian's Influence In The World ?
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What did Jesus say? - About the Christian's influence in the world?
What is the role of the Christian in the midst of an ungodly world culture? Jesus likened the Christian's influence to that of salt.
Salt is an important substance which adds flavor to our food, and acts as a preservative and an antiseptic healer of wounds. If salt looses its' saltiness, it no longer adds flavor, and no longer preserves, and no longer heals. It is no better than the earth on which we walk.
Jesus said: "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men." Matthew 5: 13.
When a Christian comes in contact with those around him who have no knowledge or relationship with God, and know little or nothing of God's saving grace, the ungodly person ought to be able to taste the difference between the holy and unholy lifestyle. The Christian should be a living testimony to the saving grace of God, and the ungodly should taste and see what may be missing in their lives. The Christian ought to act as a preserver of righteousness and right living in his own family circle, his community, and his nation. The tragedy is that many so called Christians have lost their saltiness, so to speak, and though they may be saved and retain a form of godliness, yet, they are no longer the salty influence in their family, community, and nation as they ought to be. Therefore their influence is at a minimum, and the world disregards them, and pays little attention to what they say they believe.
How can this ungodly world system be seasoned so as to have a flavor of godliness and righteousness?
"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another." Mark 9:50.
How does one maintain his saltiness? The answer is: by abiding in Christ; By having his words constantly flowing through our mind; and by keeping short accounts with God, confessing our sins daily so that we maintain a continuous walk in the spirit; and by prayer and meditation.
Let us pray as Christians that we do not loose our spiritual saltiness and continue to make a difference in the world.