Harry Allen Overstreet says, “The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate.”
Harry S. Truman says “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
As christians I believe we are meant to be the influencers. We are called to make our mark on history – we are called to know God and make Him known.
Kim Walker-Smith, worship leader of Jesus Culture had a revelation while watching Lady Gaga on tv: “We as Christians, are not the only ones looking for ways to influence society…”
The world out there is promoting its message and having its say. It holds up its ideal and preaches its own gospel of self. It has a clear agenda.
But we are called to counter that with the truth and reality of God.
We are meant to shape the thoughts and lives of those around us, to have a say in the direction of our culture.
We can aim to do this on a wider scale but it happens one by one. One person by one person. One person who gives their life to Jesus is changed and transformed from the inside out. One person who gives their life to Jesus becomes a light to demonstrate the reality and grace of God. One person who gives their life to Jesus gives up some destructive choices and behaviours. One person changed.
One person at a time we have an effect on the world around us.
Kim Walker-Smith goes on to say: “But if we could deepen our intimacy with Jesus, if we could move with Him and learn His heart for this world, we could be unstoppable! To love with His love and to see with His eyes, to walk within the parameters of His divine Word…..that leads us into a freedom like no other. He alone can answer that cry in our hearts for freedom and He wants to do it in every heart. We weren’t designed to do it alone. God not only promises to be with us always, but also refers to us as one body-the Body of Christ. Part of His excellent plan is for us to be partnered with each other. The condition of this world should only inspire us to get our game face on! We must understand that we are not the only ones out there who want to influence hearts and minds. We must “seek first His Kingdom… and everything else will be added” unto us (Matthew 6:33). He has a plan.”