Number 0024

Source: Wood Avenue Bulletin, Volume 26, #37

Thinking about Influence

by Kenneth Davis

Some people like spicy foods while others do not. Some people can’t eat spicy foods and their diet has to remain in the “bland” category. The hottest spice is believed to be the Red “Savina” Habanero pepper developed by GNS Spices of Walnut, CA. A single grain will produce detectable heat in 1,272 pounds of bland sauce.

There are some important lessons for us here if we will recognize them. Jesus spoke of influence when He delivered the Sermon on the Mount. He said of those who would follow Him, “Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its savor … it is good for nothing but to be cast out” (Matthew 5:13).

Whether we speak of salt or spices, we need to recognize that as Christians we are to influence those who are about us. There are two ways that we may influence others. First, we may influence others by our words. Second, our deeds may be a strong influence. People are more affected by what they see rather than by what they hear. What do they see in your life, and mine?

Do they see a devotion to Christ, shown by faithful attendance at Bible study and worship? Do they see someone who is truly striving to live the Christian life, or do they see someone who is indifferent about the Lord’s work? Will God say to us on that final day, “Well done, good and faithful servant”? or will He say, “Depart from Me, I never knew you?”