Never in history has the world embraced women the way it has in the last twenty years. They have risen to business and political positions and arenas that only men have obtained. Though the wage gap is still an issue we have come a long way since the 50’s. Sometimes the church seems to be behind in this area of women leading. Very few women lead or are allowed to lead in main roles in the church. We see this predominately in denominational churches due to misinterpreting of the scriptures. Sadly, women have allowed what people say to keep them from operating in their gifts and influence. Many women didn’t allow this belief system to stop them but they found an avenue to give even while it was prohibited.
“If we look at the history of revival movements, it is clear that whenever there has been a deepening of spiritual passion and holiness in the church, and a corresponding call to evangelism, women have responded to the call to ministry even when it was culturally unacceptable for them to do so. This was true during the Second Great Awakening in the United States, which unleashed an army of women to fund missionary movements and to lead the abolitionist cause. It was also obvious in the early days of the Pentecostal revival, which mobilized women preachers to blaze trails in foreign and domestic mission fields. These women, including healing evangelist Lilian Yeomans, Carrie Judd Montgomery, Minnie Draper, Ida Robinson, Aimee Semple McPherson and Florence Crawford, started churches that still flourish today.” Ministry Today
From the very beginning of mankind we (man and woman) were given influence to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion. The serpent described as the most cunning and crafty creature used by Satan to come after mankind to stop the purpose of God. Lucifer understood the power of influence especially because while he was in heaven he was able to convince a third of the angels to leave a perfect God in a perfect environment towards rebellion. Now that’s influence!
He used this same influence to deceive Eve and used her influence to lead Adam into sin. So why didn’t he approach Adam instead of Eve? Not because she was easier to deceive but I believe he was not only out to destroy our intimate relationship and the purpose of God but to rob women of their influence. After Eve was deceived she then used her influence towards Adam to take part and then sets into motion in society and culture that women can no longer but trusted or given the responsibility of influence.
Thank God for Jesus who came back to give women their rightful place and influence! We have a responsibility to use our influence wisely and as He directs. Jesus demonstrates over and over again in the new testament of how important we are as daughters to Him. He revealed himself as Messiah for the first time to the woman at the well and used her influence to draw a city to Christ. The first ones he sent to tell of His Resurrection were two women, Mary of Magdalene and Mary. He came to liberate us, not over men but along side of one another to be the church that God always intended us to be. When we fully understand our influence and use it responsibly we will see the Church like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).
If you want to increase your influence let’s look to see if these are a part of your character and identify where you can grow.
TRAITS OF AN INFLUENCER: By Dr. Karen Keller
Confidence You have to know who you are and whose you are!
“The FIRST requirement for being an influential person is knowing yourself” Dr. Karen Keller
When people see how confident you are in His Word, confident in His acceptance and in the Gift He gives you and confident in your Purpose the right people will connect and follow.
2. Commitment is the underlying force behind achievement. The more determined you are to reach a specific goal, especially in the face of adversity, the more likely you will succeed.
No one likes a quitter nor will follow one.
3. Courage is your strength to face difficult circumstances (or even difficult people) head on.
When things get tough you get stronger
When things get tough you show God greater
When things get tough you shine brighter
4. Passion is the fire in your spirit for what you do. It is the expression of your enthusiasm and your eagerness, and starts the engine for your success.
Passion is like a torch, it’s meant to see, lead and light others.
5. Empowering is your ability to support peers and share knowledge with them. It also includes how you reward people who make a contribution.
Not afraid to give power away
Surround yourself with those who maybe more gifted and have more wisdom or more knowledge
Propel people forward even if they pass you
6. Trustworthiness is a high virtue and is fairly self-explanatory. It is worth noting though that of all the influence traits, this is usually the most crucial. Lose trust, and you instantly lose influence.
Can God trust you and can others trust you?
7. Likability is more than being friendly. It’s your capacity to create positive attitudes in the people around you, and focus those attitudes towards a common goal. It is how positive people feel about themselves when with you.
I love being around people who make you feel better when you leave their presence. We should all desire to be that person.
We are called to be Influencers and to influence the world around us towards Christ!