We as Christians have the ability to influence and transform the world around us. This is what Jesus was telling us in Matthew 5:13-16
“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 by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city set 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
We have the ability to influence the world around us because salt by its very nature influences everything it touches. Salt always makes a difference. Even if we never get to see the difference being made. Light also makes a difference, but its effects go deeper.
We are able to be salt in the world by living out our faith for people to see. Letting the world around us see by our lives that there is a better way. We are being light when we are helping people connect the dots between who we are, and what God is doing in us. Being light involves us sharing God’s goodness with the world around us. Using things like our testimony to direct people’s view from our character to God who is the reason for the hope that we have. Jesus said “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Our task in the world is to live our faith for the world to see – Salt, and to help people connect the dots so that they can make the connection between our lives and our Father in heaven. Let people see our good deeds so that they can give glory, or honor and credit, to God in heaven. Our lives are a testimony of God’s goodness, and we simply need to help people come to understand this testimony. And we are able to do this, whether we feel we are able to or not.
God knows we are able to do this because He has strategically placed us where we are to be able to have the greatest impact. The Greek word for “Set” is ‘Keimai’ which involves divine appointment and strategic planning. Now not many of us feel like we are strategic. We most often feel that our lives are random, or the product of our circumstances. But God sees us like a city on a hill. The city wasn’t just dropped down anywhere. It was place where it would be visible, and often made of white limestone which would reflect the sun during the day, and the torch light of the city at night, making it visible from a distance both day and night. He knows that we don’t place a light any old place. We place it where it will illuminate the largest area, giving light to the most people. God sees us as strategically placed in our situations and relationships, and knows that we are able to transform the world around us.
God knows that Salt always makes a difference, and people are in darkness are drawn towards light, even the smallest one. We can influence and transform our world. All we have to be is Salt and Light.