“AND THOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30). Our Christ-like conduct and character remain the strongest argument for our faith. Our lifestyle is a visible manifestation of our conduct and character. To Give God the Glory!, there must be a distinctively different lifestyle that will cause others to inquire about (y)our source of peace, joy, love, and positive attributes. If you honor Christ in your heart, He will be honored by your life. Distinctively different “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. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). Jesus called His followers to be “salt and light.” As salt, we are to act as a preservative, penetrating the culture to help sustain what is good and right. As light, we are to counter the darkness and bring forth truth and righteousness to bear. Jesus said that we are salt and light, but He warned against losing our saltiness and hiding our light (Matthew 5:13-20). Here are two safeguards to prevent this from happening: SALT Salt is used to preserve, season, cure, or save for future use. It changes everything that it touches! Hence, a salty Christian makes others thirsty for Jesus – the water of life. Salt can be thought of as a fertilizer to promote growth and development. It is used to purify, to correct to improve conditions in its surrounding, and as a laxative to clean up messes around it. Salt as a seasoning is useless unless it is in contact with food and mixed into it. Jesus calls us to “flavor” society in His name through close involvement with people. LIGHT Light is defined as something that makes things visible or affords illumination. Without the light of God’s spirit, we will be in the dark about God’s Word. The Scriptures characterize light in many different forms but most importantly, it is meant to be visible. Secret believers need to come out of hiding and be known as disciples. Their profession of faith must become self-evident through their good works. Make a difference today in the lives of boys, girls, men, and women. Let your light shine so that they will see your good works and glorify God. Excerpt: Give God the Glory! Know God and Do the Will of God Concerning Your Life© 2001 by Kevin Wayne Johnson.