From the time we are born we begin to wield our influence. We learn quickly who we can get to do our will and secure our wants. We realize others can be brought in a low mood by our bad mood and that our happiness can bring others joy. We are little influence-having maniacs in the first years of life.
As we grow older the way we influence people changes, but we still have the power to influence. Maybe it is a very small circle of friends, maybe we have co-workers or associates we can influence, maybe it is just our immediate family but we still have that power.
King Solomon understood the power of influence. He wrote in Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” He knew that friends can have either a positive or negative influence on one another. Just like iron does indeed sharpen iron we also know that if iron is used in the wrong way or in the wrong direction it can dull the blade and lessen the effectiveness of the edge.
How are you using your influence, Christian? Are you using it to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ or are you using it to discourage others? Are you a beacon of what the Lord can do through a redeemed life or are you a walking billboard for the down-and-outers club?
Every Christian has the responsibility to use our influence to point others to Christ. Through our lives, through our words, through our associations we out to be saying, “Look not at me but look at the One who has saved me!”