“YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH, BUT IF THE SALT LOSES ITS TASTE, WHAT IS ITS VALUE?’’
Everyone influences or is being influenced by others in varying degrees.
As I look back in my life, I have been influenced by so many people. My parents, teachers, friends (good and bad), classmates and even the environment. Just as I have been influenced by others, inevitably, what I do or say influences others as well, either for good or bad. That is why as leaders, we must guide and guard our utterances. Christians are to influence their communities positively. Everybody will be remembered for two things: “The problems he or she created, or the problems he or she solved. The bible warns us to be weary of the things that come from our hearts.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it comes the issues of life”.(Proverbs 4:23)
What we do as individuals, community, or as a nation affects others. If only as Christian leaders; political or spiritual, we can use our influence for the good of others. I have observed, rather sadly how our leaders are becoming inward looking. If their influence will not benefit their parochial interest, their selfish ambition or families, then it is of no use to them. Many wars and civil strifes have been created just because of the reckless and negative influence of some of our leaders.
May everything we do as individuals and as a nation be outward focused in order to bring blessings to the people we influence.
You must learn to use your influence to plant good seeds. (Ecclesiastes 9:13, 12:14)
Spread your efforts in order to maximise influence. Juggle different opportunities in your life; Sow good seeds. Influence people positively. Help your church members to do the right things, and help grow them into positive, healthy and confident followers of Christ.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.