3R’s of Success for Being Salt and Light
I am so honored to write a guest post on this blog. Paul Sohn was one of the first bloggers I read when I started my writing journey a few months ago. It was obvious he shared my passion to live out his faith in the market place.
From his blog he appears to already practice what I am about to share. So here are what I consider The 3R’s of Success for Being Salt and Light. If this is the desire of your heart, I believe there are three things you must BE:
Righteous: To me, the best definition of being righteous, is “to be in right standing with God and Man.” Jesus, taught us “no one is righteous” in and of himself, yet that is exactly what he calls us to be. As Christians we know that righteousness is “a gift from God, not of ourselves.” Our right standing with God has been provided by the atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death on the cross to “take away the sins of the world.” It is only when we acknowledge in our mind and heart that “Jesus is Lord” and “offer ourselves a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto him,” “and love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength,” that we can “be called the children of God.”
Our right standing with man comes from walking daily with Christ and “loving our neighbor as ourself.”
Real: I am so thankful that righteousness is a gift from God through Christ because I am living proof that we are all “sinners, saved by grace.” There is not a day that goes by that I do not blow it and need forgiveness from God and other people. We Christians need to be authentic and transparent about the fact that we are not perfect. Otherwise we look like the hypocritical Christian stereotype we see on TV sitcoms!
That reminds me of a joke:
Bob and Joe met at the coffee pot Monday morning and asked each other about their weekends. Joe talked about the great worship service he went to at his church and invited Bob to come the following week. Bob replied, “I think you are a pretty decent guy Joe, but I would never go to THAT church! I know a bunch of other people who go there and that church is full of hypocrites.” Joe replied, “I understand your concern, Bob, but I assure you, we have room for one more!”
Relational: This is where the spiritual rubber meets the road! This is where we live out being salt and light. We are called to be the “body of Christ” fulfilling His calling in our lives. “Hands and feet” that do not go or touch are really useless, aren’t they? Sometimes we think about the “kingdom of God” only as the “Sweet By and By.” Jesus, however, was clear that “the kingdom of God is at hand!” It is here and now. How do we further the Kingdom? I think Christian singer/songwriter Brandon Heath summed it up well in his song, Give me your eyes. Here is the chorus:
Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Question: Do you have any other tips for the good of the group about living your faith out loud?
Patrick Green has been a healthcare leader since 1985. He rose through the ranks from dietary supervisor to CEO and touched almost every aspect of healthcare in the process. He consistently finds networking opportunities to create win/wins others overlook. His current mission is to encourage hard-working, experienced, healthcare leaders not to quit at this critical time of change. You can read more about him and his thoughts on Leadership and personal development at his blog, www.3rsofsuccess.com.