The Influence You Can have On Others Jn. 1:40-42 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
You must remember to consider how you influence others in their walk with the Lord. You can influence others to:
Get saved – Jn 1:40-42, Jn 4:39 consider how you influence others to get saved – Andrew influenced Peter and the woman at the well influenced numerous men in her city to come to Jesus – with your words and with your behavior, you can influence others to trust Christ – when they see good changes in your life they are going to want to know how they can have what you have – tell them.
Be bold – Phil 1:14 – Paul’s friends were emboldened to preach Christ after Paul was imprisoned – it was like, “if he can take it so can we” – consider how you influence others to be bold – others can be influenced by your boldness to be bold for Christ – so speak up and don’t back down.
Live for God – 1 Tim 4:12; 1 Cor 16:13-16 – Timothy was an example to the believers; the house of Stephanas was exemplary in their addiction to the ministry – consider how you influence others to be zealous in faith and in purity – otherwise you may be one about whom others say, “There are just too many hypocrites in the church” – be a good example.
Quit – 2 Tim 4:10 – Demas forsook Paul because he loved the world – if you quit, no telling how many other people may be inclined to quit along with you – but if you stand and don’t quit, you may be the very reason someone else doesn’t quit either – consider how you influence others to stand or to quit.
Oppose the Lord – Titus 1:9-11; Acts 20:30 – there are many gainsayers and there are many proud and arrogant “Christians” who love to get a following – they prey on ministries because there is already a group of people from whom these predators can pick off followers – if you oppose the Lord, no telling how many other people you can get to follow your pernicious ways – consider how you influence others to oppose God – if you want to be a strange duck, go swim in your own pond and leave others alone.
Sin – 1 Cor 5:6-7 – Paul had to instruct the Corinthians to kick the fornicator out of the church for the sake of the rest of the flock – a little leaven leavens the whole lump – if you sin openly in the church and claim that you have the liberty in Christ to do so, you will put a stumbling block in the way of many others who may be emboldened to sin, as well – do everyone else a favor and just voluntarily remove yourself from the flock so that you don’t influence others to sin – there’s enough of that going on without others being influenced to sin because of your bad example!
Conclusion: be mindful always that the good things you do can be an encouragement to others to follow your zeal and the bad things you do can be an influence for evil – consider how you influence others.