Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
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 underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
What statement is your life making? Every person testifies to personal beliefs and priorities by the way he or she lives their lives. Jesus said that to the watching world, believers should be like salt and light, which simply can’t be ignored. If we add salt to soup, the improved taste is obvious, and when we bring light into a room, darkness goes away. Our character, conduct, and conversation should make a loud and clear statement about the importance of God, the necessity of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
To live a life of significance that brings glory to the Lord, believers must begin by reading and studying the Scriptures. As we meditate on His Word, God reveals Himself, and we gradually absorb His principles into our daily living. This is how God slowly changes and transforms us from the inside out. This enables us to make a greater impact on the world. It enables us to make God’s light shine into the world.
One good way to learn Scripture’s lessons is by researching the lives of great saints like Abraham, Moses, Daniel, David, Esther, Mary, and Paul. A person could spend many weeks studying each one’s life message, as revealed in the Bible. Their stories have much to teach us about the way they coped, what they discovered from mistakes, and how they interacted with God.
We can also find some godly people that we know and talk to them. Learn what they do to intentionally live godly lives. Let them be your mentor and let them help you in your own efforts to move in a more godly life message.
From these biblical accounts as well as other passages, we learn that our heavenly Father has a goal for our lives. He desires to conform us to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. Recognizing this, we can set an example of successful godly living for others to follow.
Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
11 1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
In this passage, Paul is asking us to follow his example. My challenge for this week is to take the time to learn a little more about the example Paul is talking about and put into motion some rhythms in our lives that will bring us a little closer to living an example similar to his.
This will not be an easy task, but it will be so worth it.