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10/22/2009

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The Influence We Have


"Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough" (1 Cor. 5:6)?

Can you think of someone beside your parents who had a big influence on your life? A question like this always gets the wheels turning doesn't it...I recently emailed my college baseball coach. It has been 40 years since I have seen him, but an article in a Harding University publication reminded me of him. Memories flooded over me and soon I realized that they were more than that. This man had a great influence on my life. At the risk of getting a bit "mushy," I emailed him just to let him know this. The next day he responded, and after 40 years he remembered some of the same things that I did. I think it is just a good thing to let people who have affected your life in a positive way know it...Before its too late!

God expects His children to have a good influence on others. "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" (Prov. 22:1). Is there someone out there who at the mention of your name will be ready to give a testimonial as to your good effect on their life? Are we the leaven that "works through the whole batch of dough?" We can win others to Christ through the purity and reverence in our lives. By being the sermon rather than preaching it, Jesus influence in our life can be shown to those about us.

So....How do we go about being the people of good influence that we ought to be? First is to put into practice what our beliefs tell us. The common term is "to practice what we preach." Perhaps nothing can do more harm as far as influence is concerned than to claim to be something and act another way. In some areas of life, compromise is a good thing. In labor negotiations it is often for both side to make concessions to come to an agreement. There is no "wiggle room" in our belief system. We must be consistent and unwavering in the basic tenants of our relationship with the Lord. We fall in danger of losing our influence when we make unbiblical concessions.

Finally, we must take those things that are near and dear to the Lord and make them an integral part of our lives. To the Pharisees, and teachers of law, Jesus said, "You give a tenth of your spices---mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law----justice, mercy and faithfulness" (Matt. 23:11). Our influence will live long after we are gone. Lets make our lives a reflection of what we believe, and don't be afraid to tell others how they have helped you...

Have a wonderful day... Let you light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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