How To Become An Influencer
The truth is culture has hijacked the definition of what it means to be an influencer. Naturally when we think of influencers, we think of Instagrammers, celebrities and content-creators with a large social media presence. As a result, we feel unqualified to measure up or become an influencer based upon how many likes we receive or how many followers we have.
Yet, God has anointed each and every one of you to become an influencer and to reclaim the definition. The truth is you don’t have to be perfect for God to use you. It’s not about the amount of followers or the views you get or the number of likes you receive because at the end of the day, it’s not about glorifying ourselves, it’s about glorifying the King of Kings. If we’re ambassadors for Christ, we are to bring people to the Lord. It’s not about building our own kingdom, but rather it’s about building His Kingdom.
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” — John 3:30
You don’t know how one act of kindness might affect someone and make their day. You don’t know how one little moment might change the way someone views themselves. You don’t know how one compliment or one smile might impact someone and change their life forever. What I’m trying to say is: you are enough. You have the ability to influence people everywhere you go.
"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." — Matthew 5:14-16
As believers, we radiate the light of Christ. We have the ability to be infectious, for you don’t know how your light might shine and be the light for others who are lost in the darkness. If you walk in the Spirit, people will start to notice and they’ll want what you have and they’ll pursue their own relationship with Jesus. We’re called to be a leader, to lead people to Christ, to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus and to sow seeds of love in our world today.
“What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” — Galatians 6:7-10
You may not see the fruit of your harvest, yet it doesn’t mean that the seed did not take root. Know that with every seed you plant, it’ll take a different amount of time for it to bloom. Even though you might not see the effect of your influence instantly, does not mean you should give up on the opportunity to even try. You may have introduced them to Jesus today, but it won't be another five years till they fully give themselves to Him, so don't give up on the opportunity.
In celebration of All Saints Day, we remember all the saints who have inspired and influenced generations to pursue a life of holiness. Like you and me, these were ordinary people who had the power to be extraordinary through accepting God's grace in their lives; the same grace to which you have been given access to.
The Lord has called you by name to be a saint. So, don’t be discouraged by your faults, for every saint has got a past and every sinner has got a future - you’re simply a saint in the making. My prayer is that we may walk in righteousness with the power of the Holy Spirit, who uses our life to edify the people He places in our path, in the same way God used other to inspire us.
What's so beautiful is when people use their talents to glorify God, not themselves. Yet, sometimes we can fall into the trap, where we subconsciously try to tear others down, rather than building each other up in the Body of Christ. It all stems from the spirit of comparison and as a result, we exchange our righteousness for self-righteousness. Maybe we feel threatened that God is using them and not us, so instead of supporting our brothers and sisters, we end up gossiping about them. Yet, why don't we channel the temptation to gossip into prayer and intercession?
Let us pray for people like Kanye West, Justin Bieber and other Christian celebrities, our priests and pastors who have large platforms, that they will continue to glorify God and influence others to know Christ. Instead of plotting their downfall and counting their sins, let us pray that God will preserve their soul and continue to use them in accordance with His Will.
Never compare your walk with others because you don’t know the struggles they face behind closed doors. If God is raising up someone else, don’t ever feel threatened for your time is coming. Remember it’s about building His Kingdom, not our own so whatever talent God has blessed you with, don’t waste it. You don’t have to be perfect to influence, all you need is to be the light shining in the darkness for someone else...