Influence is the power to change or affect someone or something: the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen: a person or thing that affects someone or something in an important way. All of us have influence over some things and some people. It can be positive or negative. We do it through leading, conversing and relating.
It can be a powerful tool if used properly. Today people are influenced by friends, athletes, politics, ads, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. People listen to talk radio and watch late night TV. It is hot, diverse and divisive.
Where does your influence lie? Who listens when you speak? Who values your opinion, lifestyle and choices? You may not think you have any impact on others, but you are wrong. You have much more than you think. You are also influenced by others to some degree.
Every day we influence others either positively or negatively. The person at church who is always putting down their pastor has a negative influence on those who listen to them. The person who is supportive has a positive influence.
It is not “all-powerful”, but it is out there and it does have an effect. The Apostle Paul in Romans 16 sends greetings to a long list of friends in that church. These were his brothers and sisters in Christ and people he had influenced and I’m sure vice versa. I am particularly intrigued with “Rufus” in verse 13. There is great reason to believe that this is the same Rufus, son of Simon of Cyrene who carried the Lord’s cross to Calvary. Imagine the impact that Simon’s influence had on his son growing up in that house. Paul calls him “a choice man in the Lord.”
Great Commission Resource Centers not only helps your members influence others for the gospel’s sake, but helps them “finish the drill” by making disciples.