The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
Whether you realize it or not, you are a person of influence. We all are. Each and every day we encounter people and when we do, our influence will move them one direction or another. It could be subtle, such as a kind tone of voice toward a cashier or giving a wave when someone allows you to merge. It could be more overt, such as a conversation with somebody about their future or some sort of invitation. Regardless, there are hundreds of people God will put in your life this week with whom you will have influence.
In John’s gospel we see instance after instance of influence. John the Baptist had built quite a following during his ministry and in the above passage he leverages that influence to point his followers to Jesus. The lives of John the Baptist’s followers would never be the same.
One of these followers who was influenced by John the Baptist was named Andrew and, just like everybody else, Andrew also had influence. Andrew went immediately to his brother named Simon and told him about Jesus. Simon would eventually have his name changed by Jesus to Peter and would become a key leader in the very first church. Peter would then spend the rest of his life leveraging his influence to help point others toward Jesus.
Where do you have influence?
When you interact with people (could be strangers, neighbors, friends, family, etc.), does your influence draw people closer to Jesus, push them away, or remain neutral?
Pray for opportunities to influence others toward Jesus this week. Pray for help to be an influence for good even in the subtle things. Thank God for those who used their influence with you to draw you toward Jesus.