“Let your light shine so that others will see the good you do and praise your father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16
Author and pastor Rick Warren tells us that letting our light shine before others is not merely a suggestion but also a command from God. The Lord expects and requires us to be people of influence because He has equipped us for this task, and we must be obedient and faithful stewards of this gift. More than that, it is through our Spirit-filled influence that those around us become more aware of the reality of the eternal God who has radically influenced our lives. [Source: Generous Giving]
My senior pastor calls this Stewardship of Influence. All of us have a sphere of influence whether it be large or small. We have developed relationships with our own extended families, people inside the church, and people outside the church. Hopefully, we have developed a strong enough relationship with those around us that we can continue to make positive investments.
Here are a few ways in which we can be great stewards of influence:
- Speaking positive, affirming words.
- Mentoring others.
- Loving others through giving away our time, talent, and treasure.
- Supporting the events and causes of others (unless there is a moral issue at stake).
- Sharing the gospel with friends who are unbelievers.