8/02/10

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

– Matthew 5:14-16

“Influence may be defined as the flowing in of our soul to enthuse and help, or to debase (put down) others.”

– Who we are affects others more than what we say; actions speak more than words.

“Probably waves of spiritual influence are continually going forth from our inmost nature, and it is the impact of these upon those around us which makes it easier or harder for them to realize their highest ideals.”

– The amount of time we devote to God shows in our character, and as Christians it can either help others come to know Jesus or harm them, if we become as hypocrites and don’t live what we say we believe.

Circle of Influence

1. Friends

Whether or presence around our friends is sweet or bitter, we must be absolutely truthful in what we do and say.

– What does it mean to be a friend? “To give out as much and more than you expect to receive”, or basically serve with the right motives, to serve without seeking a reward.

2. Associates (work,school,the world)

– People who do not know Christ may persecute Christians; even so, we are called to be “the light of the world.” We must continue to Live for Christ, be gracious, bless those around us. Even if we are ridiculed, beaten; persecuted, we must stand strong for the Lord. Through our Faith, “love, and consistent, patient, prayerful influence (constant prayer for those who are Lost), God will prevail.

– When we are inconsistent with what the Bible teaches or afraid to proclaim Jesus in front of others, then we are covering our own lamp; we are hindering ourselves in our service for Jesus.

Pray that God may remove these hinderances; that we may be truthful in our actions and words, serve with the right motives (to please God), be bold in our faith.

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