WE MUST BE DIFFERENT IF WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Our lives must be a living example of what Christ presented to us to become.  Jesus did not
just talk about making a difference, He lead the way in truly setting the example in how we should do it.  Let us look at how Jesus did it.   When He was preparing for the direction in
which His ministry was going to go in, He took His leadership team to the top of the mountain for a few days and essentially gave them a top-line preview of the next two or three years, as well as a behavioral blueprint that we can use to this day.

Now listen to how Jesus taught His disciples.  He said, “13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.”

14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your [g]moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and [h]recognize and honor and praise and glorify
your Father Who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-14, 16) AMP

In these three powerful verses, Jesus took two household commodities essential to the livelihood of the poorest of the poor and the wealthiest of the wealthy and painted a word
picture.  Everyone in that culture understood the concept of salt and the concept of light as does everyone in today’s culture.

Jesus was talking about influence.  He commanded his followers to have a full and intentional positive influence in their culture.  Do all followers of Christ carry out this command?  Absolutely not.  Their salt becomes tasteless, their light covered or doused.  Observation bears
this out.

Clearly, Jesus calls his disciples to be “transformers of culture.”  Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, put it this way: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”  (Phil. 1:27). No greater opportunity exists in which to live out this command in the modern world than in the marketplace.  It is the soup.  It is the darkened alley.

For the most part, followers of Christ have a handle on Sunday.  There is room for improvement, to be sure.  Church growth is slack among many traditional denominations, but more and more churches have identified innovative ways to be culturally relevant and biblically sound.  In addition, their members know the part they are called to play on the first day of each week.  However, many believers never connect the Sunday message to their lives on Monday through Friday in the workplace.

Moreover, it is at work, of course, that we spend most of our waking hours.  It is at work that most of us are in contact with nonbelievers.  It is at work, that salt will be most noticeable and that light will shine the brightest.

Being different means making a difference in the lives of those you employ to work with you are for you.  Never just, take people for granted.  Use your influence over them to make their lives better just as Jesus did when He took His disciples into the mountains and taught them the role of leadership.  The choice is yours; will you make the right
one?

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2.