My Grace-Full Life

4.22.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Being an Influencer

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I recently had a discussion on the power of social influence.
I have to assume that since you’re reading this on Instagram, Facebook, or a blog—you know what a social media influencer is…
But so we’re on the same page, this is a person who has a large following on social media and who consistently posts engaging content designed to influence others.
The purchasing power of a social media influencer is such that it’s a billion dollar industry now, with top influencers making well over six figures just by running a social media account.
These influencers can post a photo of a dress and that dress will sell out within hours of the post.
That’s the power of a social influencer.
They make it look easy…
Beautiful people, beautiful photography, and a life that looks easy, effortless, and enviable.
However, the behind-the-scenes life of a social influencer is upwards of 14 hours a day working to get the perfect photo, photo editing, and communication with the audience.
There’s a ton of work that goes into social media influence.
All that said, it’s made me wonder—who are we influencing as Christians?
We know that Jesus left us with a great commission to share the Gospel (Matthew 28:19).
For many, that command feels daunting.
We forget that not every mission field is on foreign soil.
For most of us, our mission field is found in our own backyard!
Maybe the concept of being a Gospel-influencer feels unrealistic or impossible because your company has a no proselytizing policy.
But you can still be an influencer.
One of my favorite quotes is, “Share the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.”
Our actions speak loudly!
I’m going to borrow an example of someone I know.
She works for a large company and often has people come to her with prayer requests.
She’s not approached because she’s been quoting scripture at the water cooler, but because she lives out her faith through actions.
Proverbs 12:26 says, “One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
We have the ability to influence others by the way we live for Christ.
If your life is lived in a way that no one could tell the difference between you and an unbeliever, you may not make much of an influence.
But by letting the Holy Spirit lead you, the fruits of His spirit can have a powerful influence on those around you.
Be a Gospel-influencer and know that the rewards are eternal thanks to the love, mercy, and grace of God the Father.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for living a life of influence that models the way we should treat and influence others for the Kingdom.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be a Gospel-influencer through your actions and when the time comes for you to speak, pray He will give you the words that will influence someone to give their life to Jesus.

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