Influence

Everyone reading this is a person of influence. You may not believe it, but it is true. Everyone has some influence on someone else.

Parents – obvious – children

Teacher – obvious – students

Person of authority or service – obvious – those who follow you

 

You have influence over someone. Even if you don’t want to.

There are several reasons you may have influence over others unintentionally.

 

1. You may have influence because of something you have done

 

Graduated with some degree

Written a book

Competed in some event

Accomplished some task

 

There are people who look at you and wish they could do what you have done. You have influence over them.

 

2. You may have influence because of some talent or ability

 

Play piano

Sing

Preach – (When I was in Bible college, some of the students would copy how the pastor preached, even down to imitating his cough )

 

God gave you those abilities in order to serve and to use them to have influence over others for good

 

3. You may have influence because of some event that took place in your life

 

Recovered from Cancer – People looked at how you handled this difficult moment in your life and you now have some influence over them.

 

When we think of people in the bible who had influence, we think of Daniel, Moses, Joshua, others.
 
But there are others who had influence in the Bible who aren’t so well known. They are found throughout the Bible. We will look at two examples. 
 
In 2 Kings chapter 5, we read the story of Naaman. Naaman was a great general for the King of Syria but he was a leper. One of the captives that was taken from Israel was a little servant girl, who became the handmaid of Naaman’s wife. One day she told Naaman’s wife that there was a prophet in Israel who could heal Naaman of his leprosy. That message was passed along to Naaman, and through her influence, Naaman wrote a letter to the king of Israel and he finally came to see Elisha, who told him to wash in the Jordan seven times to be healed. But then more influence was needed. Naaman became upset. Weren’t there rivers in Syria that were just as good? Couldn’t I wash in them? 
 
That’s when the second influence comes in. 
 
vs 13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
 
Here Naaman’s servants, who you may not expect to have a lot of influence over him, step in. And because of their influence, Naaman dips in the Jordan and is healed of his leprosy. 
 
 vs 14 – Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of  the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
 
So these people, the servant girl and Naaman’s servants had enough influence over this great general to get him to obey the prophet and to be healed of his disease.
 
 
The second example is Jethro, Father in Law of Moses. In Exodus 18, starting in verse 12, Jethro sees the heavy burden of leadership that is on the shoulders of Moses. He suggested to Moses to appoint others who could help with the burden and because of his influence, Moses’ burden was lifted. 
 
vs 24 – So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.So 
 
So we can see in these two examples, people who had influence over others and the influence was used for good
 
How are you using your influence? Even if you say you don’t want to influence others – you will. How are you influencing them? Are you influencing them for God or for the world? Are you drawing them closer to God with your example?