What effect are you having on the world around you? Notice this question does not ask “whether” you are having an effect, but rather “what” the effect is. No matter what we are doing, we are making an impression and influencing the people and the world around us.
Take a look at this passage…Romans 5:19 (NIV): “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.“ We see here the contrasting results of two figures that represent the extremes…Adam and Jesus Christ…and the broad, extensive results of their actions.
Who are we influencing as we walk through this world? We each have a sphere of influence around us filled with people that we are no doubt affecting. The best example I can think of is that of a catalyst. Remember those from your high school chemistry class? A catalyst is an element that is often used in science experiments, key to inducing and promoting a chemical reaction, a process that forms new substances. However, the neat thing about a catalyst is, despite its involvement/connection with this process, it is left unchanged.
Has God placed you into an environment to act as a catalyst? God wants you to be an influencer in the world, all while not being changed by the environment that He places you within. Be the salt, and retain your saltiness! [Matthew 5:13 (NIV) “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.”]
Let us know your thoughts. Thanks for reading. – Andy