What do you mean by “Influence?”
We all have it. Influence is defined as a person or thing with the capacity or power to have an effect on someone or something.
When you placed your faith in Christ and began a relationship with God, He gave you His Spirit, bestowed you with spiritual gifts for service and began to transform your life for His purposes.
The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10—For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (NASB)
Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, explains that “workmanship” means that you were uniquely crafted by God for good works. Race, gender, skills and trials are all ways that God has shaped you for the things that only you can do. For ages He has planned the opportunities uniquely suited to your gifts, position and relationships.
Therefore, each of us has influence. This influence is of God, not of ourselves. All that He gives us, all that He has done in us, and all that He does through us is about Him. We are vessels that He indwells. That makes us stewards, or managers, of what He has already done.
We have the incredible privilege of being used for His purposes in the world. He has changed us, gifted us, equipped us, empowered us and positioned us to serve Him. We simply have to ask Him what, when, where and how.
In the book, Life on Mission, Willis and Coe make the statement, “The mission of God requires that believers leverage their lives for His glory.” God calls us to a mission larger than ourselves, greater than our natural abilities.
These website pages are still under construction. We will continue to add perspectives and resources that encourage and equip people to utilize the influence that God has given them:
• Perspectives: viewpoints from the lives of people who are serving Christ. Many entries will be stories of individuals who have recognized unique opportunities to use their position, experience or gifts to serve Christ in ministry. Whether discipling new believers or serving on the board of an international relief organization, these individuals are an encouragement to consider what God has prepared for us.
• Resources: free downloadable tools that are designed to equip people as influencers. The primary resource, Influencers/In His Service, is a Bible study series for either personal study or small group discussions. It is helpful for discerning how God has prepared and positioned you to serve Him.
God calls us servants, ambassadors and fellow-workers. He has prepared us for His service.