I am entering my fourth year as the Pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church of St Helens. One of the things that has been my tradition at the Church is to each year present the Church with a theme. The following is a list of the themes that we have used at FMBC over the past three years:
2010 – Just One More Soul 2011 – Going & Growing 2012 – Showing Signs of Life
For 2013, I presented the Church with the theme of “Making A Difference. Our theme verse is found in Jude 22 where scripture tells us “And of some, have compassion, making a difference.” Although we must live IN the world, believers are called upon to live a life that is not OF this world.
This principle is seen in Matthew 5:13-16 where Jesus commands us to be the salt and light of the world. I think the reason Jesus chose these two metaphors is because of their unique qualities: both have enormous influence, immediate impact, and are difficult to veil. You see it is their distinctiveness that makes the difference.
We are commanded to be salt and light not just to be like salt and light. The common denominator of salt and light is their uniqueness, their distinctness. There is nothing quite like salt. There is nothing quite like light.
Just as salt is different than pepper, and light is distinct from darkness, so are Christians different from the world. Have you ever been with a group of people and someone started to tell an off-colored joke and then stopped in mid-sentence after looking at you? Your distinctiveness was coming through. Have you ever been with a group of people and they suggested going somewhere that they wouldn’t want their children knowing about, but then said we can’t do that because you were with them? Your distinctiveness was showing through.
It is the Christians’ distinctiveness that makes a difference in the world. Another word for this distinctiveness is holiness. It is the distinguishing feature about us. It is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of God.
Are you making a difference? Is your salt seasoning? Is your light shining?