Theme of the Week: What is Salt & Light of the World? The Christian Influence
Bible Verse: “You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13a CSB
Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-6
“Wait a minute,” the speaker asked, the fear evident on his face. “This isn’t a group of evangelical Christians, is it?”
I’d invited the speaker, an author and city-builder, to speak about his work. He wasn’t a Christian. He knew he was coming to speak to a group of Christians, but it hadn’t occurred to him that we might be evangelical Christians. I’m not even sure he was clear on what an evangelical Christian is, but he knew he wouldn’t like one.
I laughed and assured him that we probably weren’t as bad as he thought. He settled in, he spoke, and everyone had a good time.
It got me thinking, though. What’s our relationship with the world? We want to have a healthy influence on the world, but as the guest speaker indicated, it gets complicated. Sometimes we make mistakes, and sometimes our efforts aren’t well received.
How can Christians influence the world? Jesus’ teaching in this passage helps us understand. It couldn’t be timelier: the world needs what only Jesus has to offer, and we as Christian men are perfectly poised, with God’s help, to make a difference.
Let’s find out how as we continue to examine this passage in the coming days.
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