And if you have supported others, don’t we rightfully deserve this privilege even more? But as you know, we haven’t used that right. Instead, we have continued to support ourselves so that we would never be a hindrance to the spread of the gospel of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:12 TPT
Influence is the act, capacity of causing or power of producing an effect in indirect or intangible ways, without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command. Our text reveals how to maximise your influence.
Beloved, thinking of yourself as being too little or insignificant to bring an influence, because of fewness in number or littleness in appearance is an error, ask anyone that has spent a night with just one mosquito. An African proverb captures it excellently: ‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito’. The mosquito certainly makes a difference in an annoying way, implying that one person can stop a great injustice, be a voice for truth, or show kindness that can save a life. The Holy Spirit puts it this way: it only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread [Galatians 5:9 MSG]. Your life certainly has been influenced by so many people, parents, peers, teachers, friends and family. You’ve also inevitably been a positive or negative influence to others, by what you do and say. God called and chose you like He did Israel, to be a blessing — an influence. You’ll fulfill this through creative and innovative worship as well as witnessing [Psalm 96:1-3,10]. Like Paul, you must absolutely be passionate about preaching the gospel and be determined to maximise your influence for good, by putting up with anything, sacrificing your rights, rather than give anyone an ammunition to discredit you or impugn your motives, thereby hindering the gospel [vv.12b,15]. One wise person can save a city, also one sinner can destroy much good [Ecclesiastes 9:13–18], Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot are historical glaring examples of the later principle. You must positively maximize your influence today.
Grace upon grace!
PRAYER: Thank You Gracious Father for the calling upon my life to be a blessing. Help me to always follow the example of apostle Paul to maximise the impact and influence of the preaching of the gospel by making it available free of charge and to put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. Help me also to use my influence for good and not for evil, and to make the most of every opportunity that You’ve put before me, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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