Are you a Catalyst?
Catalysts: a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.
This is a very interesting definition if we can relate it to Christianity. We all want to strive to be like Christ and be sinless. Sometimes the environment we are in can rub off on us. In such cases we are called to be the salt and light of the world and to change the atmosphere. We are not to be changed by the atmosphere around us.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV)
When we are looking at the world with our spiritual being we will be ready to punish or avenge all disobedience because it will not line up with God’s word. It will put a bad taste in our mouth and we will feel disgusted. We need to be a catalyst in the world; we are to change our atmosphere without it changing us. We can do this by sharing the Gospel message without letting the world and its crafty deceptions changing us. Remember Galatians 6:1:
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1 NKJV)
(Here is the hope of all Christians that are in the world but not of the world, to be unchanged in their environment while being others to Christ so they will change. Hopefully we all can change the spiritual reaction from dark to light, from the kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God, without any permanent negative change to our spiritual walk with Jesus.)