By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. (Proverbs 11:11 AMPC)
God depends on us to advance His kingdom wherever He assigns us. Once we are born again into His kingdom, God trains us up and sends us into the world to represent Him. Jesus prayed, “… as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). We become “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Your influence on others, therefore, is critical to your success and theirs.
The best leaders are those who lead by example and influence. Because of their character, authenticity, and performance, people willingly want to follow them. As I’ve mentioned before, we are not invading the world as dominators, but deployed as liberators, with proper motives focused on demonstrating God’s love. When people trust and respect you, they will listen to what you have to say and often want to be like you.
No matter the “mountain” or sphere of social influence in which you serve, God’s plan is for you to go to the top. He knows that whoever occupies the top of the mountain will direct and influence the entire mountain. God wants you to be so successful that you will stand out, not for vainglory but for the glory of God.
Dear God, thank you for Your plan in my life to demonstrate Your love and influence others as an ambassador for Christ. I pray that I will be an example of good character that will motivate others to seek You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Faith & the Marketplace – Becoming the Person of Influence GOD INTENDED YOU TO BE. To order this kingdom leadership playbook, click here: