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Destined For Influence
What Is Influence?
According to the dictionary influence is: ‘the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command.’ Another definition says: ‘the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.’
There is something about influence that is very powerful. The most amazing thing is that each one of us has a ‘sphere of influence’. Within this area we can have an effect on those around us. Have you ever considered how you influence those around you? Do you have a positive or a negative influence?
Every day we touch the lives of others in some way or another and every one of those interactions are another opportunity to have an influence for God. John Maxwell says that: ‘Leadership is influence!’
When we use that influence to positively reach and touch the lives of others with the love of God, we are doing what we were destined to do.
We Should Be Like Salt
Sometimes we may think that to be an influencer is difficult. We may feel like it is asking too much of us. But the truth is that it should be the most natural thing.
The definition says: ‘the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force!’ Notice it says without apparent force.
It can be compared to the effect salt has on food. Salt does not appear to be much, but when added to food, it changes things.
We cannot afford to lose our influence and become salt that has lost its saltiness.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. [Matthew 5:13]
Influence That Moves the Clock Forward
There was a stage in all of our lives when we had not yet received Jesus Christ as our Saviour. Right now, some people may be far from receiving and others may be close. For some the door of their hearts may be firmly closed and for others it is wide open.
Let’s assume that five to twelve is that moment at which someone is completely ready to receive, others may be still many hours away.
When our lives touch the lives of others, the hands of the clock should always be moved forward. Through our influence we should move people closer to that moment when they too will become children of God.
If we use our influence effectively we can achieve this. If we use our influence ineffectively, we can retard or even hinder this process.
When we realize this, we should come to the sobering reality, that how we live our lives is vitally important.
As Members of God's Family We Are Called to Reproduce
When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, “fill the earth," His very first instruction to them was, "Be fruitful and multiply” [Genesis 1:28].
This was an instruction to reproduce - to bear children. God's ultimate plan was to "fill the earth". Ever since that first instruction the cycle of reproduction has gone on and now the earth is filled with billions of people.
When Jesus spoke to His disciples, after His resurrection from the dead, and just before His ascension to heaven, His last instruction to them was, "Go ... and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." [Matthew 28:19 -20].
This was an instruction to reproduce after their own kind - other people who would also be disciples of Jesus. This cycle of reproduction has gone on ever since and as a result there are billions of Christians worldwide today.
Christianity has around 2.2 billion adherents of about 7 billion people. The faith represents one-third of the world's population and is the largest religion in the world.
Each of us, who are part of the family of God, have the privileged of being able to reproduce. So each one of us should use our influence to reach others and reproduce.
His Parting Words Were That We Should Use Our Influence
"Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. [Matthew 28:18-20]
FROM THESE VERSES WE DEDUCT:
1. Jesus has ultimate authority!
2. He has instructed us to influence others to become His disciples!
3. We are responsible to BAPTISE them and TEACH them to practise what He preached!
4. Jesus gave us His word that He will always be with us!
This is the last will and testimony of Jesus!
Use your influence and touch those around you, THEN together with Christians all around the world, this GREAT COMMISSION will be achieved.
We are destined for influence and all of us together are to reach the entire world!