The power of influence… Who do you know that is an authentically “good person?” What has been their influence upon you? On others?
We’re called upon to influence the world for Christ! (Matthew 28:19-20 – the “Great Commission”) Who we are and how we live is vitally important! As I read the following words of Apostle Paul this morning in the letter he wrote to Titus, who lived his Christian life on wicked Crete (1:12-13), these words came to mind as I seek to influence my world for Christ… “Be good! Do what is good!”
“Remind believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, ALWAYS READY TO DO WHAT IS GOOD. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
“But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings SO THAT ALL WHO TRUST IN GOD WILL DEVOTE THEMSELVES TO DOING GOOD.” (Titus 3:1–8 NLT)
Jesus took me, a sinner, forgave me, cleansed me, and transformed my life, giving me His righteousness as a free gift. I want to influence my world for Christ! I want them to experience what I experienced (and am experiencing)! There need to be more authentically “GOOD” people influencing our world for Christ! By God’s grace I want to be one of them!