Influence

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth…Ye are the light of the world.

The Christian’s main function is to influence the world.  Salt preserves, light illumines.  This is not a command or a request that we influence.  It is a statement of fact.  You are salt.  You are light.  You are influencing.  The only question we find here, is whether we are influencing effectively. 

Years ago, Elihu Burritt wrote this, “No human being can come into this world without increasing or diminishing the sum total of human happiness. Not only of the present, but of every subsequent age of humanity. No one can detach himself from this connection. There is no sequestered spot in the universe, no dark niche along the disc of nonexistence to which he can retreat from his relations to others, where he can withdraw the influence of his existence upon the moral destiny of the world. Everywhere, his presence or absence will be felt. Everywhere, he will have companions who will be better or worse because of him. It is an old saying, and one of the fearful and fathomless statements of import, that we are forming characters for eternity.”

“Forming characters? Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and the responsibility of our existence. Who is sufficient for the thought? Thousands of my fellow beings will yearly enter eternity with characters differing from those they would have carried thither had I never lived. The sunlight of that world will reveal my finger marks in their primary formations, and in their successive strata of thought and life.”

How are you influencing others?  How will others be different for being with you?  Is your workplace more wholesome because of your pure testimony?  Are people attracted to Christ because your light is shining in a dark and depraved world?

One Response

  1. Thanks for the reminder of my responsibility as a Child of the King!

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