And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:16
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Even though many people want to make an impact in this world, they tend to struggle when it comes to pinpointing the gifts and resources they’ve been given. After all, our own worst critic tends to be ourselves. What everyone needs is for someone to walk alongside them, speak into their lives and pinpoint the abilities they can’t see on their own.
The only way this can occur is through intentionality and investment. One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is encouraging them to have courage and to see themselves as a leader. People connect when they are known.
A relationship is where influence takes root. We can’t take this responsibility lightly. Our expression, the way we live our lives, can be someone else’s encounter. As believers, every where we go we carry with us the integrity of His image and the influence of His love. Our encounter with Christ is meant to be shared, rather than held onto.
God does something in us first before He will ever do something through us. He can do immeasurably more than we could ever hope for or dream. Immeasurably more starts with His power at work within us. Influence gets formed within and moves outward. These ripple effects touch others who in turn impact the places where they’ve been planted. Making disciples is what happens outside of the church walls “as we go” about our normal day.
Results aren’t just WHAT gets accomplished, but rather the WAY it gets accomplished. Results matter because people matter. Accomplishing things and making a name for ourselves means very little if people don’t feel valued. Influence has a responsibility for those within its care. We must start with love because love compels and love fills. Love wants the best for another person.
- Think about the people you lead and who are in your sphere of influence. What could the people you lead become? Who needs to hear that you believe in them?
God, help me to encourage those around me. Let me be their biggest cheerleader and supporter. May I have the courage to speak life into the people that I know and care about. I desire to take what You are doing in my own heart and give it away to others. In Your name, Jesus Amen.