- the act of producing affects on actions, and behavior of another
through direct and intangible means like examples, behaviors, and conduct of
another – I Corinthians 7:16.
- The decisions you make, respect, and honor you show others, and the way you treat
others in various relationships will have an affect on others. People you
associate with or spend time with will have some type of influence on you. Be
careful and make sure they have a good influence on you –
3:1-6. God warns not to be in agreement or covenant with evil persons –
II Corinthians 6:14-16.
- Be sure your demeanor is one that exemplifies Christ, so when someone is
watching you, they’ll be encouraged and influenced in a positive way to make a
good decision, and ultimately obey the gospel of Christ. To do this we must
first follow Jesus example –
CHRISTIANS ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH and LIGHT OF THE WORLD (MATTHEW 5:13-14)
- Salt has two primary qualities; (1) Salt preserves those things that it comes
in contact with; (2) Salt also renders food more agreeable to taste. In
3:1-8, Peter and John met the lame man at the Beautiful gate and was healed. In
Acts 16:25-33, didn’t Paul
and Silas leave a good influence on the Philippian
Jailers’ family and prisoners, after they were beaten and thrown into prison?
Christians make the world a better place. Because our example of love in Christ
will impact the world for the better, that they might believe in Jesus and have
eternal life – John 3:16.
- Jesus teaches that His disciples are the light of the world, and a city that is set
on a hill that cannot be hid –
Matthew 5:14. We need to shine our lights
brighter, so the world can see the way out of darkness to the light of Jesus and
be saved. If your lights are dim or if you have covered up the light of Jesus,
you need to let it shine – Romans 1:16-17. Because the world is no longer
ashamed of flaunting and parading evil in your face.
DON’T HIDE YOUR LIGHT, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE and GLORIFY GOD (MATTHEW 5:15-16)
- Christian’s that have fallen into sin, that have lost their first love,
no longer filled with love and good works are like salt shaken on food but doesn’t
give an agreeable taste. It is then useless for the purpose at hand, and is
discarded - Luke 14:34-35. Are you like this, if you are your influence on
people for Christ will not be good –
- Christians shouldn’t live in their own
secret society and hide the light. Jesus,
taught, men don’t light a candle and hide it under a bushel, but they put it on a
candlestick, so all can see –
Matthew 5:15. We need to imitate the Apostles of
Jesus, when the Sanhedrin council tried to silence them from teaching and
preaching Jesus – Acts 5:28-29,
42. Let it shine –
- What influence will you leave with those who you’ve been in contact with on this earth?
Will they see the light of Jesus in you and be encouraged to obey Jesus? Or will
they see something else? If you want to be a positive influence in someone’s
life, why not obey the truth today?
-- Harry D. Anderson, Jr., Preached at Gahanna-Jefferson Church of Christ, January 2009 --
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