I aspire to be an influencer of people so that they believe in God to the point that they want to serve and obey Him, that they believe in Jesus, not in the historical person, but Jesus the Son of God, who is God, who became flesh, who took our sins upon Himself and died for them, died for us, so that we might live with Him forever. I want, really want to influence many, many people so that they turn away from the world, turn away from selfish living, turn away from the carnal pull of their own heart, and turn their lives over to Jesus Christ as their Savior and King. I am consumed with becoming a person who is an influencer of people to the degree that many choose to change and be fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Any person who truly wants to be, can become such a leader by a series of choices, sacrifices, and disciplines. The choices and disciplines needed to become a great person of influence require much sacrifice, diligence, faithfulness, endurance, and passion to the level that very few choose to take the journey to become a world changer. The greatest barrier for most to even begin this journey is the shear volume of issues, conflicts, and problems in our world today so that our thoughts are, “who am I in the midst of all this, I have virtually no chance of making even a little dent in what is happening, I can’t fix anything, change anything, my voice will be totally drowned out by the noise and chaos of our world, I think I will just watch TV.”
Jesus says in John 14:12-14. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” So I can do greater works than Jesus. What does it take to accomplish these great works? (1) Truly believe in Jesus and follow Him as Lord of my life. (2) Have a very strong desire, a burning desire to do something that matters, that will make a difference, a huge difference. (3) Have the faith that I can indeed be that kind of leader who does greater works than Jesus. (4) Pray everyday and ask God for the strength, the desire, the vision, the passion, the endurance, the faith, and the wisdom to change the world. He promises to answer that kind of prayer.
A major problem at this point is that we pray and ask God to change the world. He isn’t going to do it, He gave us the job. The promise of John 14:14 is that if we pray He will give us the strength and all that we need to do the changing. The promise is that we will do greater works than Jesus. We will do the working, we will do the leading, we will do the influencing, we will make the plans, we will do the teaching, and we will exert the effort. “If you ask me anything in My name, I will do it”, this promise to us is made in the context of us doing greater works than Jesus. I can become a Samson, I can become a Daniel. I can become a Paul, a Peter, or a John if I pray and ask God to make me a champion for Him. Greater works than Jesus, greater works than Jesus, greater works than Jesus, I believe I can do that.