Why be ordinary when you can be different–a difference maker? Even though it’s a struggle to live in a world that hates Jesus and sees salvation through Christ as foolishness God gives us guidelines. (See John 7:7 and 1 Corinthians 1:21,27-28.)
We’re to be salt (Matthew 5:13). We are to have a positive influence on the world, to be to unbelievers what salt is to food. What’s true of any seasoning is true of us. If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value, appeal, or effect. We must make every effort to live pure lives and witness to the world–to cause other to desire to know God’s Son.
We’re to be light (Matthew 5:14). Can you hide a city that’s lit up and sitting on top of a hill? No! Its lights can be seen for miles as a beacon to the lost or those needing a safe place. Likewise we’re to shine with the reflection of Christ, a radiance that emanates from the presence of Christ within our hearts. If we live for Christ, we’ll shine brightly and show the way to Him. God desires that we be beacons of truth in a dark and needy world.
We’re to make a difference (John 17:6-18). In His payer before going to the cross, Jesus asked our heavenly Father to give us protection as He left us in the world and sent us into the world. Christ wants us to make a difference in the world where we live.
We are Jesus’ ambassadors to the world. We are His witnesses to the ends of the earth. One of our jobs is to live a holy life and share the gospel of Christ so that others will know of Him. One of God’s jobs is to enable and protect us while we live righteously and share the truth with unbelievers. Our greatest challenge, then, is to live in the world and not be influenced by it.