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A Christ-Like Influence

Hello Friends,

“Everyone has influence, but not everyone is intentional with their influence.”

 

This is a quote I heard many years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. As believers we are called to a different level of influence than that which the world pursues. We are to influence the world to Christ and we are to influence the world like Christ. Take a look at Philippians 2:

 

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:3-11).

As followers of Christ, if our leadership or our desire to influence is not rooted in the same principles that we find in Philippians 2 then we probably aren’t leading the way that God has desired us to. Jesus, didn’t necessarily come to lead the world, He came to love the world and out of His love for the world came leadership and influence. Your love for others will present opportunity to lead others.

Pastor Jonathan Lewellyn
Student Ministries Pastor
jonathan.lewellyn@wsfc.org