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Developing Godly Influence

Developing Godly Influence

Welcome to Part Four of this week's series on leadership. For Part Three, "Every Christian Should Be A Leader" you can click here. You can also read this article from our archives; "Servant Leadership."

“The act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command” – Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

An influential person doesn’t need to force anything. People just take notice.

Jeremiah 15:19(NLT) - This is how the LORD responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!

Today's message is simple. We are supposed to exert Godly influence wherever God sends us. We should inspire positive change in others. Many people in our society are natural-born followers. They can't think for themselves and are easily swayed by the things they see, hear and the people around them. Therefore, we have the perfect opportunity to sway them in the right direction.

How Do You Gain Influence?

1) The Golden Rule – If you do good things for people they will pay attention to what you have to say.

Romans 13:9(NLT) - For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

2) Be Consistent – People admire commitment because it inspires them.

Proverbs 22:29(AMP) - Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

3) Be Proactive – Choose to lead. People follow people that are proactive.

1 Samuel 17:26-32(NKJV) - Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.” 28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did. 31 Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

4) Uniqueness – People follow trend-setters.

Romans 12:1-2(NLT) - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

5) Find Common Ground - People follow people they can relate to.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23(NKJV) - 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
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