Make an Impact
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
─ Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
Who has impacted your life? Most likely a parent, a teacher, a close friend or a stranger who stopped on the side of the road of your life and brought good into it.
Jesus impacted the lives of everyone He met. He shook up the lives of the very religious; He exploded into their way of life with teaching they had never heard. It rocked their belief system. He stopped and invited people to cross cultural and spiritual barriers like never before. He didn’t speak against the law, but against the abuses to which it had been subjected. When Jesus brought a new commandment – to love God and love people, above all else – He tried to bring people back to the original purpose for the law of Moses (Mark 12:30-31).
Jesus said in the verse today, “You are the light of the world.” He invites you to step out of your comfort zone and come up higher, where everyone can see your light. And when they see you – really see you – your life should impact them, and compel them to follow Christ.
It’s easy to think of the word impact in a negative light, because of collision or eruption, such as a car wreck or a volcano. But God brings people into your life to alter your life in a positive, powerful way. Or sometimes the connection is made so that you can influence someone for the kingdom of God.
Today’s One Thing
Pay attention to the lives that cross your path this week. When you connect, even if it’s ever so slightly, ask your heavenly Father to help you know His purpose. Ask Him for courage to step out of your comfort zone and make an impact that brings Him glory.