Influence and the Christian Faith

Often, I hear about the need for “Christian leaders” to transform their workplaces. We seem to think if enough people in positions of leadership use their influence, the message of Christ will spread. For almost 30 years, many ministries have tried to equip business leaders to walk in faith and transform their workplaces. They open doors and they can influence others to also live their faith.

I read another post by a long-time marketplace faith leader on this subject again today. It appears they believe that, once we have enough Christian leaders, we’ll reach a tipping point. People will follow Jesus, operate their businesses according to biblical principles, and we will see a revival of Christianity.

For most of my 30 years as a believer, I’ve heard this story, but I don’t see the results. While influential people are used by God in Scripture, like Daniel, what if they’re more the exception than the rule?

“[B]ut to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24-29 NASB

We see in 1 Corinthians that God often chooses the foolish, weak, base, and despised to do his work. God chooses the things that are not so that he might nullify the things that are. Later in 1 Corinthians 10:12, Paul says “Therefore, let him to thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.”

The world waffles back and forth on the trends and opinions of celebrities and influential people. Styles change about as fast as diets and political ideologies. Music tastes change and worship styles. Have you ever noticed how we all want to look different, but we buy the same types of clothes and cut our hair the same way?

In my experience, God tends to get his point across with people who are not otherwise influential. Jesus was born in a stable to a humble carpenter and his wife.

God wants to involve you, too. Consider taking the Ministry Mindset Challenge or join us on our Marketplace Mission Trip. Take a purposeful step to put yourself where you can be used by God to transform your corner of the world. You may transform someone, even you, forever.

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