The C3 March theme is “Building My Platform for Influence.” Last month, we explored the topic of “Using Our Platform for Influence,” which helped us think about how to steward the platform God has given us to influence others. This month, we will explore how we intentionally build and strengthen our platform to influence others. This building process includes an understanding of the journey of our past and being aware of new opportunities that are placed before us.
Isaiah 43:18-19 reminds us, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” We should learn from the past and look toward the future to embrace the fullness of all our Heavenly Father has planned for us.
Learning from the Past
I enjoy the wisdom of the saying, “we learn from the past, live in the present, and look toward the future.” This can be easier said than practiced. We can learn from our mistakes and successes of the past, but we must not dwell in the past. Many of us have made the mistake of allowing hurts and wounds of the past, or even allow successes to shape us into a person God never intended us to be. As we follow the advice of Isaiah 43:18, “forget the former things, do not dwell on the past,” we can let go of the past and the bondage that keeps us from moving forward and embrace the great opportunities before us.
The author of Hebrews encourages in 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” As we throw off everything that hinders us from the great plans our Creator has for us, we prepare for the future we are called to embrace.
Looking Toward the Future
I enjoy the month of March as we begin the transition to warmer weather and the spring season. There is a freshness in the air as flowers begin to bloom, days are longer, and many begin to develop spring fever! This reminds me of the second part of the verse quoted above, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” When God told Isaiah to move from the past and look toward the future, He was saying pay attention and do not miss what I am doing. Many times, we don’t recognize opportunities because we are looking for things we are familiar with.
We are living in a time of great change and rapid acceleration, and if we are not paying attention, we may miss the great work God is doing in this season. We do not want to miss the way He is making for us in the wilderness or the streams He is providing in the wasteland. The future will not look like the past as we see the new thing He is doing in and through us and as we embrace the future and build our platforms of influence.
Building My Platform
Our Heavenly Father does not waste anything. He uses the good, the bad, and the ugly to build our platform that will positively influence others. The Apostle Paul stated in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” When we learn from our past, live in the present, and look toward the future, we can build a platform that is used to positively influence others
Join me in 2020 as we intentionally build our platforms to positively influence others to walk out the C3 vision, “connect Christians to transform communities.” As business, alliance, church, and individual leaders in the Christian community work together to accomplish this, we will fulfill Jesus last prayer in John 17:23, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
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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.