I’m Influential

We are created with the capacity to influence and be influenced.

We tend to neglect our responsibility to be an influence because we have come to believe that influence requires that we have a position, power or platform. As you look at the people Jesus selected as disciples you would quickly see these were not people of position, power or platform. They were simply people whose lives were greatly influenced by Christ and that influence in their lives made them men and women of incredible influence.

A life influenced by Christ should always influence the lives of others.

As a verb, influence typically means “to affect or change someone in an indirect but usually important way.”
Many of us fail to understand our capacity to influence others in a spiritual manner. We underestimate how deeply our Christian influence can change one person’s life and how many people our influence will affect when it runs its course. Never underestimate how far God can spread the reach of your influence — especially when that influence is empowered by the Holy Spirit at work in and through your life.
Jesus challenges us to embrace the power of our Christian influence. See Matthew 5:13-16.

Christian influence originates from Christ’s character in us.

Christian character will lead to influence. If the beatitudes describe the essential character of the disciples of Jesus, the salt and light metaphors indicate their influence for good in the world.

Christian influence is not an option, it’s a responsibility.

The two metaphors of salt and light indicate the influence for good which Christians will exert in the community if (and only if) they maintain their Christian character as portrayed in the Beatitudes.

Christian influence must be in close proximity to those it will affect.

Salt and light are to have a powerful influence on their environment. The salt is to be rubbed into the meat in order to slow decay. The light is to shine into the darkness. Jesus clearly told his disciples that if they wanted to make a difference in the world, they would have to be different from the world yet engaged in the world.

Christian influence is best achieved when its potency is properly adjusted.

Salt and light are most effective when their potency is adjusted to help, not hurt, that upon which they act. Christian influence is achieved one conversation, one encouraging word, and one act of love at a time.
You have no idea how an encouraging word or an act done in love might influence someone’s life for Christ. See 1 Peter 2:12, 15.