If you are a human being, then you’re created in the image of God.
If you are a Christian, then you’re a person created in the image of God and you have the Spirit of God abiding in you. Christian are, therefore, highly influential people.
If you are a Christian, then you’re created in the image of God, you have the Spirit of God abiding in you, and you’ve been supremely equipped by God with various spiritual gifts which the world cannot even begin to comprehend. Again, Christians are amazingly influential people!
Christians also have the Word of God to guide us, and we’re continually being shaped and molded by God while being conformed into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
“Christians are the most influential people on planet Earth. Imagine what God would do through us if we’d simply obey.”
The Characteristics of Influential People
I’ve been pondering the influence that Christians have and I’ve come up with a list of at least 21 characteristics of highly influential people (aka: Christians). Because there is a difference between people who are merely Christian and Christians who are highly influential. And there’s absolutely no reason why each and every Christian can’t be more influential than what we currently are.
It all comes down to a choice, frankly. Are we going to keep living a pattern of mediocrity, or are we going to break out of this funk and start influencing the world around us with the God-given gifts and talents we possess?
So…which one is it? Mediocrity, or amazing? The choice is yours.
Here is my list of 21 characteristics of highly influential people, also known as Chrisitans. There could certainly be more that could be added to the list, but these are the ones that have made the first draft. What do you think about the list?
Highly influential Christians are people who are (or people of)…
- Holy (separate from sin, pray, read the Bible, fellowship with other Christians)
- Intentional (deliberate about what we do and why we do it)
- Focused (committed, self-disciplined, prioritize, and “niche” oriented in ministry)
- Generous (with time, money, and love)
- Passionate (positive about the things of God and the people of God)
- Servants (submissive to the needs of those around us)
- Courageous (overcome fear)
- Character (people of sound morals, ethics, and biblical principles)
- Communicative (we listen, we share our ideas, we speak–it’s called ministry)
- Relational (we have diverse and multi-faceted relationships; no lone-rangers, we are others-oriented)
- Teachable (we appreciate the wisdom of others and allow ourselves to be taught, shaped and molded by what is right)
- Leaders (we are visionaries, with our eyes fixed on heaven, leading others to find that sweet manna bread)
- Humble (we maintain a correct and honest assessment of ourselves)
- Criticized (because we long for a home made without hands, we tend to be at odds with worldly people)
- Imitated (others are able to see how we live and replicate what is good; we are mentors to those who need help)
- Transparent (we are not hypocrites; we don’t hide behind masks; what you see is what you get)
- Competitive (we want our God and Savior to be victorious in our lives; finishing last is non-optional behavior for us)
- Expansive (we live outside of the comfort zone, because that’s where the amazing things happen, such as change)
- Discerning (we don’t bend with every wind of doctrine, but compare everything to Scripture)
- Motivational (we can be a spark to light other people’s fire as we bear one another’s burdens)
- Learners (we never come to a place where we’ve arrived; there is always more to glean)