When I think about the C3 October theme, “The Power of Influence” I am reminded about the popular teaching of the seven mountains of influence. The seven mountains of cultural influence include family, education, government, religion, business, arts and entertainment, and media. Some mountains seem to be growing in their influence on the culture, while others seem to be lessening in their influence.
In my opinion, the elevation of the importance of one mountain of influence over another has caused much of the cultural decline we observe today. The result can be an increasing gap in the secular sacred divide and a deterioration of influence in other mountains of influence. The Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” So whatever mountains we operate, we are to work at it with all of our heart to positively influence our culture.
The reality is we operate on multiple mountains such as family, religion, business, etc. and each of the seven mountains have the potential to positively or negatively influence our culture. When we understand the source and importance of each of the mountains of influence, then we can be intentional in our own lives to use our influence wisely.
The Kingdom of God Mountain
Since I first heard the teaching on the seven mountains of influence, I would draw one mountain over the seven mountains, which is the Kingdom of God mountain. This allows me to visualize that all mountains of influence are under the Kingdom of God, and one is not more important than the others.
We tend to use the measures of wealth, position, power, etc. to determine our level of influence and importance. However, Jesus gave us a different standard found in the Gospel of Mark 12:41-44, “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.””
The parable of the widow helps us to see that our influence is also a stewardship issue, and we should be good stewards of the influence we have. Whether you are a stay at home parent, or the CEO of a Fortune 50 company, each will be held accountable for how they steward the resources they have been provided, including influence. Each of us have been given varying gifts, talents, and resources that we should steward well, and we will also be accountable for them.
Stewardship and Accountability
It is easy to look at others that have an abundance of wealth or talent and think that I too could be successful if I had what they have, but God does not call us to compare ourselves to others. He calls us to apply the gifts, talents, and resources He has provided each of us to be our best. The Gospel of Matthew provides a great example of stewardship and accountability in the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30. Each of the three servants were given varying resources and the two that doubled the amount given were provided with the “well done my good and faithful servant.” The servant that buried what he was given was called evil, what he was given was taken away, and it was given to the one that had the most.
Stewardship and accountability apply to all we are given, whether we are talking about tangible assets, influence, relationships, etc. We all desire to hear the “well done my good and faithful servant” as we seek to positively influence those in our circle of influence.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.