How do people react around you? When you walk into work, a store, or a gathering…do people gravitate towards you or do you feel like you’re being avoided?
Many “Christians” have a difficult time socializing with others; especially non-believers. They have a difficult time engaging people of the world and they never feel like they fit in. Some people may have tattoos, some people may use profanity, some people may look different, some people just don’t want to hear about God. So, how are you to remain salty in a dark world?
When we can engage people on their own terms, they’ll feel kindness. When we can accept them for who they are, they’ll feel like you aren’t judging them. The best thing you can do is just be kind to everyone that crosses your path. We were all sinners once and someone accepted you just as you were. Jesus died for you. He didn’t judge you. He didn’t tell you to change before he would accept you. NO…all you had to do was accept Him and immediately you became part of His family.
Think about it this way…
When you eat popcorn, the salt makes you incredibly thirsty. When people come across your path, would they become thirsty for whatever it is you have? Are they seeing a kind, caring, loving, giving individual?
We are the salt of the Earth! But why?
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:18)
Salt and light irritates darkness. Salt fights corruption. Salt is flavor. We don’t have to go around quoting the Bible. We don’t have to go around correcting people or being condescending. NO…We just need to engage people on their level. Talk with them. Make them feel special. That is how we can be an influence without having a “Holier than Thou” attitude.
You may be the only “Bible” people see or read. They will watch your actions. They will watch what you say or do under pressure. They will watch how you react towards someone different than you. Just be authentic and real, in everyday situations. Engage all people as if they are your long lost relative that you are happy to see.
Before you know it, they will want to know your secret. They will want to know how you can be peaceful and content in the middle of your chaos. God will open the door for you to tell your testimony and touch their lives in a way they never experienced before.
Simply do what you say and say what you mean. Do things with a smile. Accomplish your tasks with a pep in your step and you will begin to see your saltiness shine through! God’s grace will overcome the darkness, pain, and suffering of that individual, but you will need to just love them right where they are!
So…SMILE AND BE SALTY TODAY! You never know who God will bring across your path so that they can see HIS AMAZING LOVE FLOW THROUGH YOU!
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