The Effluence of Influence

Wed., Feb. 16/22

Oswald Chambers writes,

“The people who influence us the most are… those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”— simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 18 entry

Can you not testify to this? What persons stand out in your experience as those who influenced you most? Was their great testimony not that they were beautiful of heart yet lived out that beauty “simply and unaffectedly,” that is in humility and with constancy?

These are those of whom we say, “Goodness! I don’t know how he/she does it…” Yet we do know; they do it by faith, simply and unaffectedly. They are those to whom unbelievers sense to apologize for a foul word spoken.

Job was such. Ask him if his life had meaning — if he though himself a man of influence. I doubt he would think it. Or consider the women whose purity and reverence of life marked by “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” not only won their husband’s to faith but Peter writes “is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Pet. 3:1,4, NIV). Ask such a woman what is her service to the kingdom of God and she too will not know it.

Consider those we know such as Mother Teresa, the faithful martyrs, our prayer warrior shut-ins, your mother, and mine! What was it that made their influence great? Was it not their nearness and consistency of walk with Christ?

Jesus says to His faithful, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world…” (Matt. 5:13,14). He does not ask us. He says “You are…” Paul writes, giving thanks to God, Who “uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.” (2 Cor. 2:14-16).

Salt, Light, Aroma – these are the realities of every believer in whom the Spirit of Christ dwells. Though none of us may know it, Christ is sprinkling, emanating, wafting out from us… to those around us… strongly or weakly, tainted or pure… whether one knows it or not.

Summarizes Chambers,

“If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you live— yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 18 entry

Press on…

Published by thebrokenrunner

I have been a committed Christian for over fifty years and a pastor assistant for over ten. Yet, perhaps like you, I still struggle as I "press on" to that high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I hope you will enjoy your visits here, and be challenged, expanded, and encouraged by what you find. May we all grow to know and to love Him more each day. - Press on...

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