Pointing to a child one day, Jesus said, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” That’s powerful stuff. Jesus was pointing out the significance and importance as well as the power of our INFLUENCE on those around us. He’s saying that the way we live our lives has an influence on the way others live their lives. If what we do as followers of Christ should cause another person harm to cause them to sin, it would be better if we had never been a part of their life at all.
We often talk about the importance of what we do as Christians. But when you get right down to it, it’s not just what we do, but WHAT WE INFLUENCE OTHERS TO DO that really matters. Have you thought about it in that way lately? Our actions, our words, our attitudes all have an impact on the actions, words, and attitudes of those around us. The question is, how have we influenced others to live their lives?
Think about that for a bit. How have the words we have said recently influenced those around us? Have they been kind words—encouraging words—the kind of words that allow others to see Christ in us? What kind of influence have we had by the way we live? You know, when we take on the name of Christ, we are called to live a different way, and the way we live has an impact on those around us. Or, how about our attitude? Has it been such that through our attitude we have influenced those around us to want to know more about this Christ that we follow?
Yes, what we do does matter, but WHAT WE INFLUENCE OTHERS TO DO matters even more!
Cliff C. Wright, Jr.