The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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The Blessing Of Influence

"Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Heb.10:23-24).

Sometimes we view life as a sort of caste system. The higher someone is on the "food-chain," the more influence they have on society. We can learn the folly of this belief if we look into the complex workings within various ecosystems. We tend to look with awe at the top members because of their power, but let something happen to a member of that system further down on the chain, and watch how the whole eco-family get rocked! Most church congregations are made up of folks in the middle and their influence should be beneficial rather than detrimental. We should never underestimate the power of our influence because God has expectations for us that we should aspire to... The apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy: "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers" (1 Tim.4:16). If that seems a lot to lay on someone, it is... The best influence we can exhibit is our positive example of Christian living, a commitment to the truth, and wisdom in congregational affairs. These all help in preparing someone else for stronger faith in Christ. Position within the church is less important than a commitment to its purpose in helping to guide and assist others to find fellowship in Christ. To abandon one's influence in strengthening the body is both foolish and selfish... There is a blessing for us when we consider ourselves as messengers for Christ...

Have a great day... Do Good and Give God the Credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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