I remember about a year ago that I was seriously confronted about my level of influence after a prayer service at church.
As I stood by the door greeting some of those who had attended the prayer service that night, one of the young girls I pastor excitedly pointed at my ear and exclaimed, “See mom! Pastora has her ears pierced. Why can’t I get mine pierced too?”
I was mortified. The student’s mom just looked at me with a pleading look on her face as if to say, “Please do something.”
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have three earrings on each of my ears. While I know some of you may not agree with even having one, I personally don’t have a problem with it.
Regardless of how I felt about ear piercings, at that moment God ordained a teachable moment for me and that young girl.
I quickly explained to my youth kid that while I had multiple piercings, I had gotten permission from my mom, even though I am a young woman in my twenties. Furthermore, I paid for them myself and I made sure that I didn’t get them for the wrong reasons.
The girl’s mom seemed pleased with the answer but I was left stunned. They both walked away understanding my point and having peace between each other restored, but my heart was troubled.
Had I misunderstood the importance of influence?
We all have a level of influence.
How many of us have the same situations rise up in our lives? Have you ever had a moment when you realized that your level of influence in someone’s life might be greater than you imagined?
Maybe you’re a mom who was surprised to hear your child say something inappropriate only to find out that they heard it from you. Maybe you’re a Christian who keeps a low profile at your workplace and suddenly gets asked for prayer and advice without having to promote your faith.
We all have a level of influence regardless of our leadership status or the size of our platform. We don’t need thousands of followers on Instagram or subscribers to our Youtube channel to start making a difference.
You can influence your classmates, teachers, club members, family, small circle of friends, neighbors and the people you meet every day!
The enemy distracts us from God’s purpose for our lives by making us feel that what we are doing for the Lord is insignificant. By making you think that your influence is too small or that no one will listen to you, the enemy of your soul keeps your level of influence from growing.
Don’t fall back sister. Use your Godly influence today!
Leverage your influence.
To leverage means to use something to it’s maximum advantage. By leveraging our influence, we are choosing to place a megaphone over our voice and allow what God is trying to do through us to be heard.
I used to feel frustrated because I wanted to reach a high volume of people or make a big impact based on my own definition of significance. However, if I can’t be faithful with reaching the few dozen people God has called me to minister to, how can I worry about reaching the masses?
I want to encourage you to leverage your level of influence wherever you find yourself. Speak out in a small setting when it would be easier to stay silent and it will become easier to speak out in a more intimidating environment!
Maybe you aren’t a leader in your sphere of influence, but you know you have a voice that other people will listen to. Use it!
Let’s get practical.
So, hopefully by know, you understand the power of your influence no matter how big or small. But, how do you begin using it?
Here are a few practical things you can start doing now:
1) Start small.
Whether it’s working to influence your coworkers, children, spouse or your social media friends, start by using your influence in these seemingly insignificant settings.
Maybe you can start a Bible study at home with your family or a prayer circle at lunch with your coworkers. Whatever you decide to do, please don’t be afraid to start small!
I used to think that for something to be a God thing, it had to be big right away. However, God has shown me that harvesting the fruit of my labor is a slow process. Plus, God will only increase your level of influence in congruence to your level of character.
2) Get our of your comfort zone.
If you want to be an influencer to this generation, you need to literally hate comfort. Influencers, those who bring lasting change, are those who forsake their own comfort to see transformation in others.
For me, writing this blog, is a huge step outside of my comfort zone! I love writing but I always worried that no one would listen to what I had to say. However, stepping out of my comfort zone and saying “yes” to God will bring about fruit I may never see.
So, how can you step out of your comfort zone and leverage your influence to make a permanent impact? Only the brave are recalled in history!
Think of that big dream you’ve had in your heart for years to influence people. Take a step towards it today. It might be uncomfortable and you may not have people’s backing, but go for it!
3) Use what you’ve got!
Hey listen, if you feel called to influence others or lead, don’t wait to have all the pieces perfectly together to start. Don’t wait to get that degree or marry that man to start walking in your God-given influence. And I say this for myself as well!
Sometimes we wait around for the “right” season or timing, oftentimes missing the NOW moment. Jesus at one point looks at his earthly mother when she asks him for a miracle and says, “It is not yet my time.”
She ignores him and long story short, Jesus does the miracle. I don’t know if it was her faith or the need in front of him, but Jesus moved in a NOW moment.
How many of us are waiting around for our fifth confirmation from the Lord or for the affirmation of others? Use what you’ve got right now and start using your influence!
Your influence matters.
Dear sister, please don’t sit on your dream or God assignment any longer. Your level of influence, whether it’s over one or one hundred, has significance. Imagine how impactful our faith would be if every Christian decided to start mobilizing their level of influence!
Believe or not, all of us have people observing what we do. Someone is looking at your life today and taking note of the way you live your life for Christ. What will they see?
Go out there and use your influence for God’s glory!
With all the love in the world,
Our names are Carla and Paola. And yes…we are identical twins! We are pastors, ministers and young women who are absolutely in love with Christ. Our passion is to empower other young women through the message of Jesus Christ to fulfill their live’s purpose.
Although we are young (24 years old if you’re wondering) we have been preaching, teaching and serving in ministry for almost ten years. We hope that through our writing you may be encouraged and empowered to step into the calling that God has over YOUR life.
Thanks for reading!
Always praying for you,