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Read Matthew 5:13-14
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose
its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good
for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by
men.” Matthew 5:13 (HCSB)

As followers of Jesus we have the potential to influence. We have the
potential to influence others for good. Our lives when lived for Christ, can
encourage others to glorify God (Matthew 5:16). We have the potential to
influence others in a negative way (Luke 17:1-3). To influence others for
Christ is to be “salt.” To influence others in negative ways is to be “salt
that has lost its taste.”

When we face the extremes of warm summers and cold winters, we understand
the importance of a thermostat. When a room is hot we adjust
the thermostat and it works in connection with the air conditioner to adjust
the temperature in the room. We could say that the thermostat influences
the room.

We can place a thermometer in that same room and the thermometer
would be influenced by the temperature of the room. If the room was
warm, the thermometer would adjust to the surrounding temperature.
As the salt of the earth we are called to influence for Christ not be influenced
by our surroundings.

Is your daily life and witness more like a thermometer or
a thermostat? Pray that God will give you strength and
wisdom to be a good influence for Him.