Deeper Influence

The Mission of our church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our vision for achieving this mission is to Know Christ, Grow Faith and Go Witness.

Jesus talks about our witness in the world in the sermon on the mount in Matthew, chapter 5:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)

Taste like salt. Shine like light. In the very way we live our lives - in our priorities and our love and our serving and our words and our deeds - we flavor the world with God's grace and love, and we shine like light into dark places. And whether we intend it or not, whether we know it or not, God uses our loving, sacrificial living as influence in a broken and hurting world. People watch and people notice when we live our lives out of the deep reservoir of God's grace and love and peace.

It's a bit like "Show and Tell" in school. Show others Jesus, and tell them about Him. I used to greatly enjoy "Show and Tell." I enjoyed what other students shared, and I enjoyed sharing something with the class that was special in my life. I remember one time I was so enthralled and impressed by a friend's "Show and Tell" that I whistled out loud. And I had to stand in the hallway for five minutes for being disruptive. Ah, well...

To me, being a witness is being an influence, and being an influence is being a witness. And loving behavior opens doorways of conversation with people to then tell them how Jesus has changed my life, and how He can change theirs. This kind of witnessing travels over the bridge of relationship and touches another life heart-to-heart. It's natural, not forced, and it's winsome, not in-your-face.

This conversational influence connects with what the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 4:6: "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Taste like salt. Shine like light. Share what Jesus has done for you personally and winsomely in conversation with people in relationships. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.

Who has influenced you in this personal way? And whom have you influenced this week by tasting like salt and shining like light? Challenging questions. And a winsome, powerful lifestyle.

Lord, I want to be a Christian, in my heart

In my heart

Lord I want to be a Christian, in my heart

Lord, I want to be more loving...more Jesus, in my heart...

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