Updated: Jul 4
How to Live a Life of Influence
Our influence on others should be so impactful that even the little bit you give them can still have a major effect on their life.
Here is a story on how to live a life of influence:
Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. "First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “For it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone - Mark 7:24-30.
This woman knew that Jesus was the key to getting what she needed. Her knowing this may have come from what she heard or seen about the signs, wonders, and miracles that was happening amongst the Jews. She came asking and begging because she knew Jesus was able to fulfill what she came for.
When the woman’s miracle request was denied, because she was not one of them, by a statement that would have offended some of us, her determination, faith, and humility allowed her to know even the crumbs given to a dog from the master's table is enough to satisfy her needs.
Jesus had a reputation that drew people from different nations, beliefs, religions, nationalities, social status, and education toward Him. It was because Jesus was able to either solve their problems or deliver them from bad situations. In addition, Jesus changed lives, imparted wisdom, and showed people a better way to live their life.
Our lives should have this type of impact too. We should be so connected to God that people can rely on us to be used by God to help them. Our lives should attract non-believer to want what we have. This is how God is glorified, and how many will want to have a relationship with Him.
Isn't this your purpose on earth, to be honorably used by God to win as many people to salvation; then from salvation to living an effective life?
Our mission while here on earth is not solely about us, it is about other people. Your life should cause people to want to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior in their own life. And being one with God will allow you to do just that.
Being close and one with God will give you abilities to do the impossible and to help as much people as possible. The key to your success and influence is your oneness with God. It is here you will be given the ability to be impactful.
Get as close as possible to God and do not stop until you get there. Fight through the hinderances, obstacles, and forces that will get in your way. When you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him. And when you knock at His door, He will open it (Matthew 7:7-8, Jeremiah 29:13).
The world needs you. The world needs change, healing, help, saving, and much more; and you have what it takes to solve the world's problems. It is not from your strength or ability, because by yourself you will never be able to do it. It is God who is effectively at work in you, strengthening, energizing, and giving you the ability to fulfill your purpose for His good pleasure (Zechariah 4:6).
When you allow God's Spirit to have His way in your life (your very being), you will never regret it. And when you do not allow God to have His way in your life, then you will have regrets.
Living out your purpose is your strength, because what God has ordained for you can never be stopped by anyone but yourself (Psalm 139:16, Ephesians 1:11-12, Romans 8:28). Your life’s purpose is the bedrock in being successful in every area of your life. Your life’s purpose is your individual story, and inside your book includes you being impactful.
Whatever you were born to do will happen because whatever God says about your life will never return to Him without it first carrying out what it was sent to do; it will prosper in the things to which God sent it (Isaiah 55:11). In other words, nothing can ever stop what God says about you from happening (Matthew 24:35).
The Holy Spirit (God's Spirit that lives within us) is not bound, it is boundless. This is who you have with you when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, an unlimited and unstoppable Person being with you always.
When you and God work together, there are no limits and anything is possible (Matthew 19:26). With God you can achieve anything if you really want to—the sky's the limit.
God loves. He loves everyone. So, included in your purposeful life is helping and serving other people, and why your life should be affecting other people's lives too. Most importantly, it should be influencing other people to want to have their own one-on-one close relationship with God.
Every one of us was born with a solution to a problem. We are God’s masterpiece and He made us different in a positive way in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10).
As a Christian there are no problems or challenges strong enough to destroy you because God lives within you (Romans 8:37). God knew beforehand the issues you would face in life and already made a way for you to be victorious so you can show others how to be victorious.
You are built to endure and overcome so you can help others endure and overcome. Life lessons are experiences we go through that can be valuable to us and help other people
As believers and soon to be believers, you can have an influential life when you spend time with God and be determined to live a life with purpose by doing it His way; then people will want to meet you so you can offer to them what has been offered to you (Mark 7:31-35).
From Series - Life Lessons Learned from the Bible
This blog was inspired by Mark 7:24-30
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