Mathew 28: 19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This is daunting task, one that is hugely important and necessary in spreading God’s kingdom. To have such an important role like this can easily get to our heads and cause us to lose sight of the goal. The goal of making disciples! For if someone’s first impression of us is simply a pretentious person with that is trying to glorify themselves through the underlying “Hey, just do as I do, be like me” attitude, progress is surely inevitable.
In the video above, preacher John Piper states that our goal in spreading the word is simply to share the Truth that we have been given. We cannot have any other objective than to spread God’s message. He then plants the question of whether or not it is OK for a Christian to want to be influential. What do you think? Piper says that if what is influencing people is the truth and the glory of God, then YES! Friends, it should be our goal to be the opposite of a self- promoter. What is that? A God promoter!
On Monday I talked about how we should not jump to conclusions with our identity, without asking God the question, “Who have you called me to be?” And while it’s true that God has designed us each so specifically and unique, there is something in common between every believer: the challenge, the obligation, to spread the Good News.
So, as God promoters we need to not only live as an example, but spread the gospel as well. Wherever God has called you in life, whoever He has called you to be, be influential. The world needs more Christians who are willing to speak up and walk among the flames. If you are bold in your faith and encounter oppression, surely God will protect you. Remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego?? They refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar and got thrown into a fiery furnace, but God protected them. Their boldness and devotion to God made them influential figures that promoted God’s power and love.
It’s not about us, it’s about God. That’s the mindset we must keep. God wants to use us to be an influential part in moving people’s focus from their own plans to God’s will.