You have influence for a reason
2 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.
I love the language that Paul uses in this passage of scripture—sphere of service.
God has given you access to into the lives of a certain group of people that some don’t have any access to. You have a certain amount of influence in their lives.
- When you speak they listen.
- When you give advice they take it into serious consideration.
- When they have a decision to make you are on the top of their list of go-to people.
Why has God given you a certain amount of access and influence into their lives?
You have influence in their lives for a reason—and it might not be what you think.
I believe the answer is in Paul use of words—To Serve. Your sphere of influence is a sphere of service. God himself assigned this group of people to you.
Why does it matter how you view your role in ministry?
Here are two ways I think it will impact you.
It’s not about you
It reminds you it’s not about you.
Service hs to do with what you do for others and not what others do for you.
It’s not about you being served. But serving.
I think this is a great reminder because so often it more about us and our calling that we forget that “calling” is more about being called to someone then something.
God’s call all throughout scripture was for a certain person to go to a certain people.
- Jonh to the Ninevites
- Moses to the Israelites
- Paul to the Gentiles
Without people, there is no ministry and without service, it’s not ministry.
God’s divine appointments
God is the one who divinely appointed these select group of people into your life.
- How did you end up where you are?
- Why is it that you have so many friends in that particular area?
- Or why is it you have such a passion to go and reach certain people.
Because sovereignly ordained it.
Acts 17:26 (NIV) From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Our all-knowing heavenly father has chosen for you to be a part of certain people’s lives for a reason. It’s not by chance or luck.
So serve them. Show them God’s love for them through your actions.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Make your sphere of influence a sphere of service. Serve them as if you’re serving God himself–because you are.
A little side-note
I hope you feel served.
I write because I want to impact people with words. And it actually costs me money and time.
I don’t say that to brag or draw an emotion from you—it’s one way I serving and being generous with what God has given me.
I will ask that if what I write has blessed you in any way, please share it with your friends and family.