Your Influence

Lou Lotz

READ : John 1:35-42

“He brought Simon to Jesus.” (v. 42)

You’ve heard the saying, “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world.” It’s from Browning’s Pippa Passes. Pippa is a young, innocent girl who goes singing through her neighborhood, never realizing the healing effect she has on all who hear her, and how many lives she changes, and the wonderful deeds those changed lives accomplish. Simple people with no particular gifts can change the world through those they influence.

Andrew has little prominence in the gospels. But he had a knack for introducing others to Jesus, and through them he changed the world. It was Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus. It was Andrew who brought to Jesus a young lad whose lunch box contained five barley loaves and two fish. When some Greeks wanted to meet Jesus, it was Andrew who made the introduction.

Most of us make two great mistakes. First, we overrate our importance. We are not nearly as important as we think we are—we would worry less about what people thought of us if we realized how seldom they did! Second, we underrate our influence. Little do we realize the effect we have on others and the potential we have to change the world through them. Think how different the history of the world would have been had not this one simple act occurred: “He brought Simon to Jesus.”

PRAYER

Lord, I want to bring others to you.