Am I continuing to live godly so that others will be influenced to live for God and to praise Him?
13 "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. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:13-16
When I first started attending church, I remember enjoying the sermons but the thing that drew me to want more of God, was this husband and wife I saw sitting on the front row. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but there was just something special about them. To me, it looked as if God was very real to them and that they actually had a relationship with Him. I never actually met them, but even from afar they stood out to me because they were salt and light.
One time, while working from Starbucks, I ran into the wife of a guy I had been meeting with weekly. We started talking about God and I encouraged her in a few things from the Word. A bit later, she had to leave. Sitting four seats down was another lady trying to get my attention. She said, “I’m sorry to bother you, but I couldn’t help over hear your talking about God…that is now the second time I have heard you talking about God to someone and you really speak from your heart…are you a pastor or some kind of counselor?”
I believe this lady was sensing the “salt” in my conversation. We are all to be salt and light. Salt adds flavor to food and makes it stand out from unsalted food. When we are full of God’s word and the Holy Spirit, we are salt and light. People can tell that there is something different about us; we have flavor. This is very attractive to some unbelievers and carnally minded “Christians”, and sometimes it draws them to God.
When we share God’s word, our faith, our testimony, the gospel, and we act consistently with what we believe, it acts as a powerful light to other people. Some around us will be attracted to the light. When they see our good deeds, they will indeed recognize that we are disciples of Jesus and they will give thought to Him and even thank Him. Remember, any deeds that we do must be motivated by a desire to be seen and praised by God, not by man. God sees our true motives. See Mat 6:1