The importance of your influence

1 Kings 10


A Yahoo! article published yesterday lists “eight things you didn’t know about the Passion of the Christ,” few of which are surprising.  One item in particular drew my attention, however: apparently, a few members of the cast and crew were so influenced by the story of Christ that they converted to Christianity on the set.

The story of Jesus, including His crucifixion and resurrection, is arguably the most stirring and polarizing narratives of all time, whether or not you believe it to be true.

We know hereafter that Mel Gibson did not have the greatest PR following the film, but the story of the Passion stands. In fact, another Jesus film is on the horizon; it seems difficult for directors and producers to stay away from this theme. And whenever this story is told, people seem to watch and are inevitably moved.

Does not the figure of Jesus draw even the hardest of hearts to Him? His life, suffering and death, which history has evidence enough to prove to be authentic, is a hallmark of humility which few men are brave enough to endure in guilt, let alone innocence. How can you not be moved by this?

Other Bible figures also drew others to see God. Solomon, being human and with flawed characteristics, nonetheless does the job well enough. Solomon has been on the throne for a period of time and has collected such great wealth based almost wholly on his renown and wisdom.  Israel is living in a period of peace, and King Solomon is reaping the benefits and sending shockwaves of reports of his prosperity across the surrounding lands.

A neighboring queen of Sheba, apparently a fairly affluent chick, pays him a visit to see what all the fuss is about.  What should catch everyone’s attention in this passage is not how much money she gave him (which, according to my Bible notes, was in the modern equivalent of millions of dollars, wow-worthy in itself), but where the woman directs the credit.

Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.

Never mind that the king had a net worth to make Andrew Carnegie pee in his pants. Her attention is on how much the Lord has blessed Him, through wisdom, righteousness and, yeah, probably the piles of gold laying around.

We are also capable of influence; we don’t have to have 1400 chariots or make a movie to do it.

The man described in the article and the queen of Sheba were not primarily drawn to the splendor around them, but the powerful attraction of the Lord Himself, for who He is and what He has done.

Equally so, our lives can be epic tales of God’s awesome legacy.  It doesn’t have to be in the form of wealth or a viral music video. It can be in a simple conversation, a gesture of selflessness, or just some time spent with another person.

Everything you do, write and say adds to the legacy of the Lord, and none of it is a waste of time or resources. Through the Holy Spirit, you are capable of influencing others to see who the Lord truly is, despite your flaws and regardless of controversy. Let the life of Jesus shine brightly through you today.


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