Reaching People for Christ – Influence Part 2

Last week I began a two-part series on influence because I believe who we allow to influence us and who we are influencing can greatly impact our lives, both positively and negatively. We discussed last week how what we see in someone else’s life can affect our relationship with God if we let it. Today I am going to share the responsibility we hold as Christians in a world where all eyes are on us. 

As believers we have an enormous impact on the world, people are watching us when we don’t even realize it. Matthew 5:13-16 says we are meant to be salt and light to this world. Specifically, verse 16 (NKJV) says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Your actions as a believer should be in line with the Bible and glorify God!

Has anyone ever told you the reason they don’t go to church is because everyone in church is a hypocrite? We know that all churches are not overflowing with hypocrites so why do people think that way? Because somewhere, at some time, they were influenced negatively by a Christian. So much so that they now won’t go to church! Situations like this are why it is incredibly important that we follow the Word and walk in love.

The power that our influence holds motivates me to be more genuine with people. There are many lost men and women in the world who have passed up the opportunity of coming to Christ because they think it’s impossible to meet the standards of Christianity. When in reality, none of us are perfect. 

We all go through difficulties in life and if we always hide that then we will portray a false image of perfection to the people around us. This portrayal of our lives does not glorify God. Instead of never talking about the difficulties you face, talk about how God brought you through them to encourage someone else! 

On the contrary, if all you talk about are the hard times you face and you don’t ever mention God’s goodness and ability to bring you through those situations, then people will wonder what the point is in becoming a Christian because your life looks just like theirs. 

I believe our influence is vitally important. Ask the Holy Spirit this week for ways you can improve the influence you have on your job, in your family, or at your church. Don’t allow people to influence you in a way that takes away from your God-given purpose, be genuine with people, and glorify God.

Guarding Your Relationship with God – Influence Part 1

Influence plays a significant role in our lives when it comes to living out our God-given calling. If we allow family members, friends, or even people on social media to influence us to a greater degree than the Word of God then we will get off track. We may not notice it at first, it may not even be a big step off track, but still we will not be walking in God’s perfect will. 

A substantial amount of damage can be done to our relationship with God and the plan He has ordained for us through what we allow into our minds and life. Influence is powerful, it has the ability to raise people up as well as bring people down. One way we can be positively impacted by other men and women is if we are motivated by the good qualities and accomplishments we see in them. On the contrary, looking at other people’s lives can bring us down if instead of using what we see to motivate us in our own walk and relationship with God, we become envious. 

God has a divine purpose and a good plan for every single one of us, those in the five fold ministry, as well as those who are not. He has gifted us differently, called us to do different things, and graced us personally to do them. If we see someone else walking in what God has called them to do, become envious, then try to walk down that path as well, we’ll be out of line. Ultimately this will sway us to be disobedient to the Lord’s plan, even inadvertently.

You have to intentionally guard your own mind and heart; be aware of who you are letting influence you. Influence itself is not bad, but becoming envious and insecure because of who you are letting impact you, is. 

I pray that this week you look at who and what guides your life the most. If the instructions and promises of God are not at the top of your list, take a look at how much time you spend scrolling through social media, what music you listen to, what movies you watch, what news articles you read, or what friends you spend the most time with. We often don’t realize these areas of our day-to-day lives affect us on such a great degree. 

Set your focus instead on Jesus’ actions and words. His life is an extraordinary example of how to commune with the Father, treat those around us, and be obedient to walk out our callings no matter what.