13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 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.
We are here in this world for a purpose... to be a light in the world that draws people out of the darkness of sin and brokenness to be restored in a relationship with God. But as Christians we can be a 60 watt bulb (13w fluorescent/9w LED) that shines dimly in the darkness or we can be focused light like a LASER that cuts through the darkness to make an impact.
Here are five spiritual disciplines to help every Christian understand how the Holy Spirit works through their life to increase their impact:
- Listening to God Daily to Know the Commands of Christ, the Promises of God and recognize when the Spirit is speaking through the Word of God and prayer. The single most important thing we can do to walk more closely with God is read the Bible daily and listen to what He wants to say to us.
- Abiding in the Spirit by Applying the Word and Asking the Father for what we need. We remain in the Spirit and intimacy with God when we do not let sin block our relationship and apply the gospel to our daily life by believing we are forgiven and daily choosing to repent and walk in obedience.
- Serving Others by being in a Weekly Small Group that encourages you to walk in the Spirit with loving accountability and using your Spiritual Gifts to serve others as part of the body of Christ.
- Evangelizing by Sharing your Story and the Gospel and recognizing when the Spirit is convicting and drawing lost people.
- Reproducing by Mentoring Others and Investing Financially in Fruitful Kingdom Laborers
Each discipline has three key questions and areas to practice.