by Pamela Bosworth, Leadership Development Coordinator
“As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history,
Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.”
~ Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette
Many have debated over the years about the events that Christians celebrate at Easter but few can deny as H.G. Wells says that “Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all of history”. Oswald Sanders reminds us that “leadership is influence”. If that is true, then every person alive has been impacted or influenced by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Who are you influencing? Christians often have their own debate about whether it is biblical to lead? “Are we not called to be followers, instead of leaders? Are we not called to be servants instead of rulers? Can we honestly believe that leadership is a biblical idea?”
When we study the Bible closely, we see that leadership is, indeed, God’s idea. God is not only the Ultimate Leader, but He has called us to lead as well. Consider this. The first description of mankind in the Bible involves leadership. God designed us to lead, to have authority and take dominion.
In Genesis we read, “Then God said, let us make every man in our image, and in our likeness; let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth (Genesis 1:26)”.
God never commands us to do anything without enabling us to do it. You and I have the ability to lead because God created us and commanded us to do so. Based on your gifts and personality (not position), you have the ability to lead and influence.
How are we to influence? Matthew 5:13-16 says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? …You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. So, let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Salt influences the food we eat. Light influences the homes in which we live. Jesus is calling us to embrace our calling to influence wherever we are.
- LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE
- EVERYONE HAS SOME INFLUENCE
In one of his books, Tim Elmore shares the following statistic, “Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted individual will influence ten thousand other people during his or her lifetime!”
Effective Christian leaders make time to evaluate their influence, taking the necessary steps to become more like Christ- the most influential life ever lived.
Note: Visit the “Leadership Is Influence” Lunch and Lead session containing information about improving your influence.