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The Power Of Influence

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READ: Matthew 5:1-16

You are the salt of the
earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? —Matthew

On February 9, 1964, the
Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and captivated the youth of
America. After hearing their music and seeing their "look," I did
what millions of young American boys did—I begged my parents to let me grow my
hair. Then, along with my best friend Tommy, I started a garage band. The Beatles’
performance had such an impact on us that we intentionally tried to be like
them. It was a significant introduction to the power of influence.

Years later, the power of
influence came to mean something far more significant to me as I began my
journey as a follower of Christ. I had the desire to live under the influence
of Christ, but I also wanted to be an influencer of others by pointing them to
the Savior.

In part, this is what Jesus
was challenging us to understand in Matthew 5:13-16. Salt and light are
influential factors in a dark and corrupting world, and Christ, who is the
Light of the world, calls us to be lights of influence as well. The Master who
modeled perfect purity calls us to be salt that adds flavor and prevents

May we not only be
influenced by Christ but also be influencers for Christ in a needy
world. —Bill

Lord, let me be a shining
In all I say and do,
That Your great love displayed in me
May lead someone to You. —Sper

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