Matthew 5:13, MSG
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”
Every Christian has a witness and that witness is a testament to the world of who the new creation is. We are here to demonstrate the character and nature of the Spirit of God, and to be the light in the midst of darkness. The Lord Jesus admonished us to “so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven” [Matthew 5:16, AMP]. With the coming of our Lord drawing near, we can no longer afford to conform or blend in with the ways of this world, which is ruled by Satan. You are the light of the world and light has its ways, just as darkness has it ways; this is what your Christian witness is about.
This is not a call to perfection because that can only be attained in Christ, and in Christ you are perfect. Rather, this is a call to awaken you to the consciousness that your life and how you live it is a testimony to others of what life in Christ is about. You are the Jesus that someone may ever see, hear or have an encounter with. What message are you telling with your life and what witness are you bearing of our Lord and Savior, even without declaring that you are a Christian?
There comes a stage in every Christian’s life where the choices to be made are not about what is good or evil, or about what is wrong or right. Rather the choices are about what is the good, acceptable or perfect will of God in every situation. Knowing the perfect will of God can only be discerned by the entire renewal of the mind with the Word of God. Romans 12:2, AMP tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
When it comes to God’s perfect will concerning your Christian witness, He desires that “you must do everything for the glory of God, even your eating and drinking. So don’t be a stumbling block to anyone, whether they are Jews or Gentiles or Christians. That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please everyone in everything I do, not doing what I like or what is best for me but what is best for them, so that they may be saved.“ [1 Corinthians 10:31-33, MSG]. As light, you are to draw men to Christ, but if your lifestyle becomes a stumbling block to another person’s faith and causes them to falter in their walk with God, or prevents them from becoming saved, then it defeats the purpose of being light. There are those who are still growing and maturing in their understanding of the Word of God and do not fully comprehend all the liberties that a Christian has in Christ. Yet, the mature Christian just like the Apostle Paul knows that “I try to please everyone in everything I do, not doing what I like or what is best for me but what is best for them, so that they may be saved” [1 Corinthians 10:33, MSG]. Here Apostle Paul is not referring to conforming to the ways of this world or compromising on his faith, absolutely not [Galatians 1:10, Galatians 2:20]. He is rather referring to making adjustments in his lifestyle to ensure that he is not a hinderance or offense to someone coming to know Christ. Why? Because it is God’s desire that ALL men be saved [1 Timothy 2:4, KJV]. This is the demonstration of the love of God to the world.
Engaging in activities such as smoking, drinking, wearing revealing clothes etc., may not be clearly outlined in the Bible as sin, but these are things and ways that are associated with the world/darkness. It is amazing that when those who used to be heavily engaged in these things become born again, they lose their desire for these things and the transformation is evident to all. They even go ahead to testify of how Christ set them free from those lifestyles. If this is so, then it goes to show that although it may not be sin, it is not the way of citizens of Zion. Interestingly, those who are lukewarm, backslidden or unbelievers know that these things are things not associated with Zion, but rather of the world. Therefore, engaging or being a part of such activities tends to cloud the credibility and witness of the Christian. This makes it difficult for others who need to hear the Word, to receive from that person. Instead they make mockery of what is being shared with them.
You are different from the world – you have been fearfully and wonderfully made, born not of the corruptible but the incorruptible word of God and you have the life of God in you – that is your DNA. Although you are free in Christ, Apostle Paul admonishes us that “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows” [Galatians, TLB]. Love is the way we grow in freedom and love is not self-seeking nor does it look out just for its own, but for the needs of others as well.
Finally, remember that “You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world” [Matthew 5:13, TLB]. Live well brethren and use your lifestyle to help others live for Christ and to live very well for Him.