The Bible calls on us to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We are no longer in darkness, bound to a sinful lifestyle, hard-hearted or blind to the Truth. We are filled with God’s light, and we are called to live in the light. When our light shines, we bring glory to God and magnify His holy name. How do we let our light shine? First of all, if our light is going to shine, it is going to be visible. That means that people can see it, and it is most clearly seen in our behavior, our manner of speech, and in our attitude. Our light shines when we choose to love instead of hate, show respect instead of dishonor and disrespect, forgive and release to God instead of retaliate, live with honesty and integrity instead of dishonesty and unfaithfulness.
Our light also shines when we are joyful. People want to know what we have that gives us true happiness and peace regardless of our circumstances and all the chaos going on in the world around us. Our joy in the Lord is a powerful witness that shines bright on a hurting world looking for happiness in all the wrong places. It also gives us the wonderful opportunity to share our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Be a Positive Influence
Every day we have the opportunity to be a positive influence in the world. We can let our light shine in our homes and neighborhoods, at our places of work, and in all our relationships. It all begins with a life lived for God in which He lives in us and works through us. Our part is to put His Word into practice every day. We can live a lifestyle of health, happiness and love by the choices we make and the habits we choose to develop and practice every day. And as we do, our lives will bring light to all that is around us. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. (Ephesians 5:8-9) You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matt. 5:13-16) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7) Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28) Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! (Psalms 144:15)
Today's post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of Anger Management: What You Need to Know When Dealing with Anger. Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.