There is a force in the earth that for most of us we never give a thought. We live our lives doing the same thing over and over and we become creatures of habit. That can be a good thing!!
Its a good thing to read the Bible, pray, help others when they need help and so on and so forth.
But there is a power that flows from us that can reach out and affect someones life forever. Its called the power of influence.
Paul said, in II Timothy 1:13 he said, Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in all the faith and love which are for us in Christ Jesus.
Paul had set a standard. This was instructions for Timothy to live his life by.
When Jesus walked this earth, He lived a life of holiness and purity before all men. Because of the impact He made, thousands sat at His feet and received words of life even at the expense of losing their own life.
His influence is still reaching out and changing people after His death over 2000 years ago. Thats powerful.
Everyday our influence is affecting someone. That influence can either lead someone to the Lord or can drive them away. Seeds of influence can take time to come up. They don’t come up overnight. Its one seed at a time. Words are seeds. One word or one action, little by little until the manifestation shows up. Someone can make a statement and the hearer says, ” I never thought of that “. The seed was planted for good or bad.
David said, Put a guard over my mouth, that I don’t sin against you.”
Think of the power of influence the TV has had on our society. We live in a world where everything goes. The airwaves have lowered the standard in the way many talk, the way they dress and how they act. Sometimes its hard to tell the Christian from the unbeliever.
You hear people say, “Its not my fault for what so and so did, I didn’t make them do this or that. It was their choice”.
You are right, everyone is accountable for their own actions. But we must ask ourselves, what kind of influence did I have by my actions or what I said that could have affected their lives. Did I give Godly advice or did I make light of their situation. Did I give my opinion or what the Word of God had to say. Am I setting a standard for someone to follow?
We are our brothers keepers. We are to watch over one another. We are to set examples. People are always watching and sad to say sometimes they are watching to see if we fall, so they can laugh and say I told you so. When someone thinks that way and gives voice to it–they are sowing seeds of influence, because someone is listening.
The Bible instructs us to guard our lives. Proverbs 4:26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
I know in my heart we all can do a self examination and ask God to help us to watch over our lives so that whatever we do in word or deed, we do all for the Glory of God.
What powerful words we can say to others, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”