How much do you influence people around you for Jesus? People learn more about the LORD by how you treat people and the way that you act in any given situation, than they do in what you say directly to them about the Gospel.
Think about what attracted you most to Jesus when you first began to read about Him in the New Testament. It was likely the kindness and grace He showed people that intrigued you and made you want to know more.
Jesus said that we are both salt and light in the world. Salt is used as a preservative and also to give flavor. If your words are encouraging to people in trying to live a more righteous life, then you are becoming salt. If you have grace and love in all your speech and actions, this will attract people to Jesus, and you are becoming light.
How we act in this world is more important that what we say. People are watching those who claim to know Jesus to see if the manner in which they live is really any different from the way that everyone else is living. People evaluate you in determining whether Jesus is real or just a gimmick that people use to get them into religion.
Today, we live during a time when young people use curse words as adjectives to describe things in their sentences. They think nothing of cursing in their speech as though this is necessary to express their thoughts and opinions. What many people do not realize is that when anyone hears a person use cursing repeatedly in their speech, they always diminish this person in their mind.
When we hear a person with kindness and consideration in the tone of their voice and they use words that are clean, pure, and thoughtful, we elevate this person in our mind. Is it important to you how people see you? It should be.
If we are a follower of Jesus and want people to know Him and be saved, then it matters how we live. Regardless of what other people say or do, we should choose our words carefully, speak less, listen more, and be kind and considerate, no matter how others acts or speak.
We represent the King of kings and it is our duty to properly represent Him. Jesus’ great sacrifice for our sins and the intense anguish and suffering He endured for our freedom, deserve our very best.
“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. ~Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)