We just wrapped up a series on 3 pursuits of God that will change your life…Through Prayer…Reading the Bible…and Living a Life of Worship. I thought it only fitting to build upon that foundation and talk about being a person who can have the maximum impact for the Kingdom of God! In his book “Becoming a Person of Influence,” John Maxwell gave this practical advice, which also serves as the perfect introduction for this post….he said:
“Not everyone you influence will think the same way you do. You have to help them not only believe that they can succeed, but also show them that you want them to succeed. How do you do that?
Expect it: People can sense your underlying attitude no matter what you say or do. If you have an expectation for your people to be successful, they will know it.
Verbalize it: People need to hear you tell themthat you believe in them and want them to succeed. Become a positive prophet of their success.
Reinforce it: You can never do too much when it comes to believing in people.
Once people recognize and understand that you genuinely want to see them succeed and are committed to helping them, they will begin to believe they can accomplish what you give them to do.”
Now this was written from a business world perspective but I think that we can easily see how the same advice could be applied to helping us make an impact on those around us. You may ask why is it important that we leverage our influence for the kingdom of God? The answer can found in Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)…
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Whether male or female, God will use you to help others grow in their walk with Him. After all we all need encouragement, whether we are willing to admit it or not, everyone needs a mentor…People who are living their life for God and pursuing Him in the areas that we just concluded in our Back to the Basics series. And just like John Maxwell said…
“Not everyone you influence will think the same way you do. You have to help them not only believe that they can succeed, but also show them that you want them to succeed.
This is the whole reason why “I Do What I Do!” My hope and prayer is that in some way I can have some positive influence and to help you succeed in your walk in God. Here is a great verse to motivate you…
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
The key though is to trust in God…boy that sure is hard sometimes when you are in the middle of a storm! But look at the rewards if we do…”joy and peace and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” That is some good stuff! My brother in-law posted this the other day which I loved…
I believe it was Vince Lombardi who made this famous statement to “leave it all on the field.” The idea that when the game is over, there should be nothing left…All our strength and energy should be completely depleted. Well just like in football, I believe that God is asking each one of us to do the same. The goal of our life, each and every day should be completed absolutely spent…physically, emotionally and spiritually for the enlargement of God’s Kingdom! “Leave it all on the field” so that you will never think back to a day and say “I wish I would have told them this,” or “if only I had done _____ (fill in the blank)…to encourage them, then it might have been different. John Greenleaf Whittier once said:
“For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’”
I think that the apostle Paul was the truest example of “leaving it all on the field.” In 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 (ESV) we get a little insight into what Pail went through to expand the kingdom of God.
“Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.”
Impressive list huh? I think if any one of us experienced even one of these persecutions it would probably crush us, but I think verse 28 is the most intriguing part. Look at it again…
“And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.”
Apart from the other things, Paul finishes with this unbelievable statement that he feels a “daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” Talk about living a life of sacrifice! In wrapping up his list, I find it remarkable that his anxiety for all the churches is what he would finish on. You would think the 39 lashes or being beaten with rods or the stoning would be the closing statement but it’s not…it’s all about reaching the lost!! Talk about leaving it all on the field!!! Paul authored most of the New Testament and had a huge influence in the early church. He was also a mentor to many. One such person was Timothy who he referred to as “my child in the faith” (see 1 Timothy 1:2) and “my beloved child” (see 2 Timothy 1:2). In 2 Timothy 4:6-8, Paul wrote to Timothy a final word of encouragement…
“As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
Let this be your rallying cry to give everything you have! The choice is yours, what will you do? I pray you will choose to leave it all out on the field for the Lord!
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