Unassuming Influence

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, November 26, 2018


Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.… Philippians 2:6-8

Professional athletes, rappers, and other entertainers are often getting sued by individuals that are looking to cash in. I think that’s because many of these celebrities tempt other people with their fame and fortune as they display their affluence on television or in social media for all to see. Many other affluent people do not deal with the drama that some celebrities deal with because they remain low-key and maintain unassuming influence.

Many influential people can do amazing things daily unassumingly. Some of these individuals are saving countless lives daily or feeding hundreds of people or running fortune 500 companies or leading mega-churches or making sure thousands hear the gospel every day. These outstanding leaders do not covet the limelight, nor do they want to be celebrities. They just used their affluence to improve the lives of others.

Whether one is a celebrated entertainer or a business Guru or an accomplished medical doctor or a notable politician, they should practice unassuming influence. Disciples of Jesus Christ should have a quiet witness. We should let the excellence and consistency of our service to the kingdom of God be as loud as possible even as remain humble in our ministry to others.

The point here is that people don’t need to know how much we are worth or how educated we are or how connected we may be. They just need to see our willingness to do whatever necessary to be a living witness for Christ. After all, that is precisely what Jesus did. Even though he had the power to heal the sick, raise the dead, and do other awesome miracles, it took a kiss from Judas for the soldiers to know who he was.

Jesus was the expected Messiah and the incarnate Christ. Yet the woman at the well did not know who he was. The demons knew who he was, thousands benefited from his benevolence, yet when Philipp told Nathanael that he found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, Nathanael replied: “can anything good come out of Nazareth” (John 1:46).

Our witness may be quiet, but it should never be irrelevant or arrogant. Our mandate is to lift up Christ for the world to see and not ourselves. We have to learn to get out of the way so God can have his way. As much as possible, we should resist the urge to be celebrated by others and redirect all honor to God who alone deserves all praise.

The next time you feel unappreciated and overlooked just think about the influence you have in your family, with your co-workers, and other people in your social circle. Are people coming to you for advice? Do they value your input? Are you passionate about helping others and serving God in excellence? Do you share your bounty with the needy? Are you visiting the sick, and ministering to those in prison? Do you use your time, talent and treasure to advance the kingdom of God? Are you a mentor or a bridge builder? Then you are an influencer even though you may not think you are? Just remember it is your unassuming influence that is changing the world for Christ.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the wisdom and courage to influence the world for Christ in our own quiet ways.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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