Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men...
President Woodrow Wilson told this story: "I was in a very common place. I was sitting in a barber chair when I became aware that a personality had entered the room. A man had come quietly in upon the same errand as myself, to have his hair cut, and sat in the chair next to me. Every word the man uttered, showed a personal interest in the man who was serving him. Before I got through with what was being done for me, I was aware that I had attended an evangelistic service, because Mr. D. L. Moody was in that chair.
I purposely lingered in the room after he had left and noted the singular effect that his visit had brought upon the barber shop. They talked in undertones; they didn't know his name, but they knew that something had elevated their thoughts. I felt that I left that place as I should have left the place of worship. My admiration and esteem for Mr. Moody became very deep indeed."
Influence ~ The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. ~ Noah Webster
What message do you leave the world? Are you a positive influence for what is right and holy? Jesus taught that you are to live in the world but not be of the world system. He declared that the world would hate you as it hated Him. Christians are to influence the world by the spreading of the Gospel of Christ in a sin decaying world. Pray for God to help you to so live the kind of life that will influence the lost by preaching and living the Gospel before them!
Lord, I want to be an influence in this world, living out the Gospel message before men.