Therefore, to him who knows what good to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)
What does it mean to be influential in the Kingdom of God? These next few devotional thoughts will focus on the who, when, what, where, why and how of being an influencer in Christ!
When the women come to anoint Jesus’ body after the Sabbath, they find the tomb empty, and two radiant men (angels) who remind them of what Jesus claimed concerning His resurrection. When the women go and tell the apostles, they don’t believe them, but Peter goes to the tomb and is astounded. Skeptical, but astounded. Even though they’re not seen as credible witnesses, these women are supernaturally reminded of Jesus’ words and can’t help but share with the others!
To whom much is given, much is required. This is a biblical principle that Jesus routinely taught His disciples during His earthly ministry. In short, it means that when God graciously entrusts a greater portion of something to someone, they’re more responsible than someone who’s been entrusted with less. For example, someone who’s been blessed with incredible knowledge and insight in understanding the Bible has the responsibility to teach and encourage others who have trouble reading Scripture! Makes sense, right?
“But”, you might be thinking, “I don’t have much, so I can’t really be included in this; I’m just here to receive from others.” That’s crap. I would argue that, if you know Jesus, you’ve been entrusted with infinitely more than you realize! The blessing and privilege of having a living relationship with Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, comes with the great responsibility of being an influencer and disciple for His Kingdom. As soon as Mary and the others remembered Jesus’ word, heard the angels and saw the empty tomb, they were compelled to go and tell the apostles! In the same way, when we study God’s Word and are reminded of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Story that all Scripture is centered around, we have the privilege and obligation to be influenced and to influence others for Him.
- Why should we be called to be influencers? What’s our motivation? The Good News of Jesus and His work on our behalf obligates us to be disciples and witnesses for His glory! We, the Church, are a Nation of priests and prophets, commissioned to be the salt and light of the world for Christ. Much has been given to every one of us, so much is required of us! Being an influencer isn’t motivated by power or popularity, we’re compelled by the love of Christ revealed in the Gospel.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask them more. (Luke 12:48)