“To influence the culture is to impact the culture”
The question is, How are you impacting the culture, the environment and the community that you are in and around? Are you being an effective witness and light? Are you bringing the change that Christ has placed in you? Or, Is the culture changing you? These are just a few questions that every believer must ask: Am I being the “impact” that GOD and Christ desires me to be in this lost and dying world?
A “Light House” is an tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in following certain routes, etc (dictionary.com). So, a light-house is in the business of guiding ships that have either lost direction, fell off course and entering into dangerous water areas that needs assistant in getting them back on the path of the ships original destination. Notice the light-house is placed by the dangerous waters, so that its’ presence can be seen by a ship amongst the dangerous waters.
WOW!! This is exactly what the Gospel (good news) does, it guides mankind from sin (dangerous waters) and back onto their original destination of fellowship and relationship with GOD.The believer needs to do the same. A believers life is not involved in the actual danger waters of the sinners lifestyle or worldly lifestyle but is in the midst of displaying and flashing a light that draws the culture into an area that is pleasing to GOD (original destination).
Matthew 5:15 states “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. In other words, believers should not be hiding their light but showing their light for all to see and be impacted by.
My new favorite verse in the bible is John 9:5 “ As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” This of course is Jesus talking about himself but we (followers of Christ) can apply this same statement in our own lives. As long as Christians are alive on earth, he or she can be the light in their families, communities, jobs and wherever their journey maybe.