Make Sure Your Life Influences Others

Sam Petitfils

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

When the Apostle Paul proclaimed the gospel, he did so with a zeal and passion to see others come to Christ and to see Christ magnified in all of life. The truth is, the gospel impacts lives, and should influence all of life. Christians need to take care not to retreat into a self-imposed shell, afraid of holding up their light.

Society needs the light, the Christian light. No one can be saved apart from the gospel, so we need to proclaim it. We need to become more effective witnesses and ambassadors of Christ in order to see lives transformed for Christ. Through whatever means, we should hold out the lifeline of the glorious gospel.

Additionally, we need to be faithful representatives of Christ during the time of our sojourning (1 Peter 1:17). Does society need to know what God thinks of a certain ethical subject such as abortion and suppression of the poor? Indeed it does, and we should not retreat from sharing that truth.

To influence others often takes time and patience. But many Christians have reported great improvement in their work places; for example, simply by living out their faith before an unbelieving world. Many such work environments are dominated by cynicism, arrogance and even cruelty. But when Christians demonstrate forgiveness, compassion and charity, things begin to change. The gospel contains power (Romans 1:16) and, as such, influences others for good. God often uses Christians in society to restrain evil influences.

Christians should not heedlessly become obnoxious in their witnessing, rebuking every sin they encounter. After all, we live in a world surrounded by darkness (1 John 5:19). Still, God placed us here it be lights (Philippians 2:15), and we should hold that light up.

Civilization as a whole suffers when Christians retreat from proclaiming God’s truth. Fewer people come to Christ while evil and violence reigns often without restraint. We need to continually hold up the light of the gospel and remember to fulfill the great commission mandate and proclaim “all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). When we function in society as God’s very own people, we display the light and point others to Christ.

Of course, our first priority is sharing the gospel, and praying for people to come to know Christ. But the good news contains power to transform lives that, in turn, helps transform homes, work places, and society. Hold up your light today, and watch God go to work!

 

 

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