Test Your Potency

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:13-16).
Most of the salt in Palestine came from the Dead (Salt) Sea area. But the salt was of varying quality. Because of impurities and the occurrence of chemical changes, the outer layer was generally lacking in flavor. This salt was useless for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under foot.
A hidden lamp was no good to anyone; it blesses no one. It is absurd to think of someone lighting a lamp and then covering it up so it cannot shine.
Christians are to make an impact on the world around them, to shine a light and to flavor the world for God!
How potent are you?
Does anyone know you are a Christian? I am amazed that many Christians live their lives in anonymity; their friends and coworkers never know they are members of the church.
Does your life proclaim that the Lord matters to you? Have you ever taken a moral stand or a theological stand in the discussions of everyday life? What a shame that some Christians allow evil to rule the day because they are unwilling to stand against it! We are seeing the moral decay of our society and shamefacedly keeping our mouths shut. Fearing the censure of others, we are letting evil rule. I am amazed how some Christians have never once yet taken up their crosses.
Does anyone want the Christian life you have? Some Christians have such little joy and peace in their lives, they can hardly attract anyone to the faith. Some are so cynical and pessimistic, that one might question if they believe anything very much. The fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) ought to gleam from our lives and spirits. We cannot expect others to wish to become Christians if our Christianity is sour.
Do you have a light people need? If others were searching for truth, would they come to you? Have you shown in your life that you are a blessing? If others are seeking someone to imitate, would that person be you?
Be salt for Jesus, be a light for the Lord, shine out, and flavor this earth with the love and the grace of God.

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