The Right Way to Influence Others

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As we live the Christian life, it's easy to think about our influence like a flashlight. We shine on one or two people in our life time and make an impact on their lives. But what if we thought of our Christian influence more like a lantern—lighting up an entire room? Whether we want to or not, we influence people constantly every day of our lives.


Tim Chaddick is the founding pastor of Reality LA in Hollywood, California, and the author of Better and The Truth about Lies. Tim offers us insight into what Christians can do with the influence we have on others. God designed us to flood the world with light.




Tim pointed out that Jesus expected his disciples to be fishers of men—to influence the tides of humanity swirling around them every day. Every one of us will influence dozens of people every day. Jesus’s call to be fishers of men means we have to be intentional about how we influence those around us. 

Matthew 4:19 (ESV)

19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What are your primary spheres of influence? List them here.
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From the list above, who do you intentionally influence? What about unintentionally?
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How would your daily routine look different if you intentionally "fished" for people?
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The first step in influencing the world begins with receiving Jesus’s own influence. Tim pointed out that in Mark 3:14 Jesus called his disciples first to simply be with Him. He wanted to impact the twelve men by living among them and rubbing off on them. Before we even address the question of how and why we impact others, we need to ask whether or not we’re allowing Jesus to impact us. 

Mark 3:14 (ESV)

14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What do you do to allow Jesus to impact you and how you live your life? How do you open yourself up to His influence?
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Are there any spheres of your life that you try to prevent Jesus from influencing? If so, what are they?
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Often we attempt to influence people for our own benefit. It makes us feel important or valuable. We want to be the piece of the puzzle that holds someone’s life together. Tim argues, however, that influencing others for the “kingdom of self” leads to failure and death. Instead, we should work hard to influence others for the sake of God’s kingdom.


What is one kind thing someone did for you that had an impact on your life?
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Who is one person you can do something kind for today in order to spread the influence of God’s kingdom?
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We all have an influence. Tim has challenged us to become intentional about the influence we have on others. We don't have to be Superman—we can offer a compliment to a depressed coworker. We can give our kids a hug when we get home from work. We can let yet another person to cut in front of us on the highway. Each little thing we do to show the grace of God stretches the influence of God’s kingdom just a little farther.