As Christians, we are called to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16), and one way we can do that is by using our influence for good. We all have influence in some capacity, whether it's with our family, friends, coworkers, or even strangers on social media. But the question is, how can we use that influence in a way that honors God and benefits those around us?
First, we need to recognize that our influence is a gift from God. It's not something we earn or deserve, but something we are entrusted with. As 1 Peter 4:10 says, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." Whether we have a large, small platform, or if our cirlce of influence are our family and friends, we can use it to serve others and bring glory to God.
Second, we need to be intentional about the messages we are sharing and the actions we are taking. Proverbs 25:11 says, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver." Our words have the power to build up or tear down, to encourage or discourage, to inspire or demotivate. We need to be mindful of the impact our words can have and use them wisely.
Similarly, our actions speak louder than our words. James 2:17 says, "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." If we want to be a positive influence in the world, we need to not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. We need to live out our faith in tangible ways that demonstrate our love for God and others.
Third, we need to be humble and willing to learn from others. Proverbs 15:31 says, "Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise." None of us have all the answers or know everything there is to know. We need to be open to feedback, willing to admit when we're wrong, and eager to learn from others. This attitude of humility and teachability will influence others greatly.
Finally, we need to remember that ultimately, our influence is not about us. It's about pointing others to Jesus and glorifying God. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." When we use our influence for good, we are reflecting God's goodness and love to the world around us.
Using our influence for good is a high calling and a great responsibility. It requires us to be intentional, humble, and focused on serving others and bringing glory to God. May we all seek to be faithful stewards of the influence God has given us, using it to make a positive impact in the world and point others to the hope and love found in Jesus Christ.
I'm just a girl, standing before my God, knowing that He loves me and wanting others to know that love too.