October C3 theme is “The Power of Influence.” We must understand influence and its power if we are to positively impact our world. When I ponder the power of influence, the scripture in Matthew 5:14-16 comes to mind. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Many think their level of influence is based on money, power, or prestige. However, when we look at the definition of influence we do not see a reference to these attributes. The Google definition of influence is, “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.”. When we examine this definition, we notice a couple of things. First influence has the capacity to effect and secondly, influence can have a positive or negative effect on our character, development, or behavior.
From this definition of influence, we quickly see the wisdom that the Apostle Paul provides in that famous verse found in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” This reflects the importance of what we allow to enter our minds to realize a transformed life.
I have always enjoyed the saying, “you can’t give away what you do not have.” This is certainly true and highlights the need to invest in ourselves if we desire to be a person of influence. When we invest in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, study the Word of God, and pursue excellence in our skills and relationships, we can invest in others because we have first invested in ourselves and have something to share with others.
Jesus is our perfect example as He invested in His relationship with His Heavenly Father first, so He could be prepared to influence the many. The following scriptures in Mark 1:35-39 reflect this investment, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”, Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”
Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world, which is his plan to dispel the darkness and we can do this through intentional influence. When we understand the definition and importance of influence and the required investment we are to make, we begin to sense the importance of intentional influence.
Each of us has influence. The world is hungry for the fruit of the Spirit to be manifest in our everyday lives from the kind word to the cashier we encounter to being engaged in our workplace, church, and community.
The familiar parable of the talents found in Matthew 25 paints a picture of the good steward who took the talents he was given and invested them intentionally to produce a good return for his master. When his master returned he got the “well done my good and faithful servant, enter in my kingdom. “These are the words I desire to hear when I see Jesus face to face, and this does not happen without intentional, focused effort and a relationship with Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Join me as we work to be influential disciples that desire to change our communities through the finished work of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit!
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at email@example.com.