According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an influencer is one who exerts influence: a person who inspires or guides the actions of others. Since social media has become so popular, companies and brands are now using “influencers” to market and sell their products. People like me are considered an influencer because we can reach thousands of people. However, I’ve always thought that everyone is an influencer to someone.
Celebrities have been influencing people for as long as I can remember. I wore the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle back in the day, and I bought every Teen Beat magazine that I could. Some of the ways celebrities influence us aren’t great, especially when we see them cavorting and carrying on. Seeing their photos splashed across the tabloids drinking, doing drugs, being arrested, and cheating on their spouses is a reminder that celebrities are human and prone to making mistakes. They are not anyone that we should look up to or pattern our life after.
Everyone that you come in contact with has the power to influence you. Your husband, your children, your friends, and those you work with all have the capability to influence your decisions. I might influence your choice of clothing, but they can influence other areas.
Ways That Others Can Influence You
Have you ever been to a restaurant, and after your friend ordered, you said, “I’ll just have what they are having?” I know that I have. If you know someone who is a vegetarian, you might be persuaded to try that lifestyle.
Smoking and Drinking
How many of you have drinks socially with your friends? Once again, my hand is raised. While smoking isn’t as prevalent now as it has been in the past, most people started smoking by watching someone else light up.
You might have noticed that you might let out a swear word or two when you are around someone who swears. UGH! I think I’ll just keep my hand up since all of these are pertaining to me. Children aren’t born swearing; they pick up that habit in the home or from friends at school. Movies and some television shows think you have to inject a swear word every minute or two to hold our attention. You get so used to hearing these words that you don’t even notice them anymore.
I am not a political person, but I’ve sure been talked to a lot about politics. My husband, mother, and sister are all very political, and I get to hear their heated and passionate soapbox speeches. They get to hear a lot of “uh-huh” and “really” from me. I am sure that most of you have heard your fair share of views on politics, even if you only hopped on Facebook to scroll and look at photos.
My grandmother used to pick up several of my cousins and take them to church every time the doors were open. Do you think that she might have influenced them? When she was suffering from dementia, she would still sit and sing hymns that we sang in church when I was young. Seeing her singing those hymns made an impression on me. She couldn’t remember my name, but she knew the words to those songs.
The other day, I read a commentary that called Jesus the greatest influencer of all time. He was the GREATEST, but, He wasn’t the first. There were others that heralded and prophesized about his coming. There were Moses and King David, who both had a lot of influence. Pope Francis even called Mary the most influential woman in history and the first influencer. Here is an article from Slate that talked about that.
Peter, James, Andrew, Paul, and of course, John the Baptist were all influencers of their times. They weren’t of noble birth or the smartest people around, but they told others about Jesus and influenced them to know Him.
Even though all of those mentioned were great influencers, none can compare to Jesus. His words, His actions, and His burial and resurrection continue to influence millions of people today. He has impacted more hearts and minds than any king or celebrity. He taught us to be humble, be servant-minded, be kind, and love each other. Then, He gave us a call to action.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus told us to be influencers. He told us to go and make disciples. The first step to making a disciple is to live like one. Your family, your friends, and your co-workers will notice and be influenced. It doesn’t matter how big your circle of influence is; you should use what you’ve been given.
The next time you hear someone debating about who is the Greatest of all Time, tell them that Tom Brady, Micheal Jordan, Lebron James, or Peyton Manning can’t hold a candle to Jesus Christ.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!