“Influence from above gives you influence below…being loved by God helps others be loved by God.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 26, 2022
For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed. Esther 10:3
Your influence is a valuable asset to be used for the good of others. Think about how others have put in a good word for you on a potential opportunity, or how a friend introduced you to another friend with no agenda other than the desire for two good people to meet each other. I have heard influencers that I respect, describe the five-minute favor…listen empathically, share ideas, help solve a problem, offer a resource or relationship, or say a prayer. Of course, discretion shows respect and wisdom by asking permission from a friend to be introduced to another friend. And, be wise, have the prudence to be cautious, and not endorse a deal or person that lacks integrity.
Mordecai, the famous Jewish patriot, had the ear of the King (influence with a mega-influencer). He was a minority in a majority culture who was not afraid to put his life on the line for those he loved. He sought the prosperity of his people by using his power for the people. Mordecai was free from using circumstances and people to benefit himself with status and affluence. Like Jesus, he didn’t show up to be served but to serve and give his life if necessary for the good of the people. Mordecai worked with his cousin Esther, the beautiful wife of the Persian King Ahasuerus. They both earned the King’s trust and persuaded him not to massacre the Jews, which was Haman’s plot. These two heroes of the people used their influence to save lives and confront evil people. Because of Esther’s and Mordecai’s humble boldness, God blessed them with the King’s favor.
“He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich will surely come to poverty” (Proverbs 22:16, NKJV).
Your influence may be your most valuable asset, if so, how are you investing your influence for God’s kingdom? Maybe you use your expertise to help instruct a humble young learner with skills you have sharpened over the years. Assure the mentee you are not expecting anything in return…no favors or compensation…only that she applies what she learns to become a better person and influencer. Don’t underestimate how you inspire others every day with your consistent example of serving, listening, learning, and bringing energy to relationships and situations. Show people what it means to model the life of Christ…not perfect, but genuine.
Most of all, make sure you are being influenced moment by moment by your wise heavenly Father, the discerning Holy Spirit, and your encouraging Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Influence from above gives you influence below…being loved by God helps others be loved by God … receiving God’s generous gifts compels you to be generous to others. Divine influence in your life is evident daily when you begin the day before dawn to bask in the glow of God’s love.
“I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word” (Psalm 119:147-148, NKJV).
Heavenly Father, I invite your influence into my life, so I might influence others on your behalf, through Christ’s love, and in Jesus’ name, amen.
How can you influence your family in a positive way, so they aspire to follow Jesus? Consider Bible readings together around mealtime.
Daniel 12:3; Proverbs 27:17; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 1 Peter 2:12, 3:16
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