What Is The Impact Of Your Influence?
2 Chronicles 24:2
And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
2 Chronicles 24:17
Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them.
2 Chronicles 24:18
And they abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs.
Jehoiada the priest had a positive impact in the life of the nation and king Joash. The influence of this one man, made a big difference in Judah. As long as he was alive, the king did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. Remember the king did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, not in the eyes of opponents, not in the eyes of their critics, not in the eyes of their supporters, not in the eyes of political and governance experts, and not in the eyes of relatives and friends. The king did what was right in the yes of the LORD, not in the eyes of majority of the people.
It matters who we please. If we struggle to please the public opinion, they will be pleased but we will be doomed to fail miserably. We should be least concerned on what the people say until we are sure that God is pleased with us. To ask around what the people are saying is a sign of weakness and lack of faith in God. A leader who listens keenly on what people are saying is a loser if not now ultimately. A leader must first and above all else be concerned with pleasing God. We do not need people to speak well of us first, we need divine approval above all else.
Sometimes we struggle to get approval of the influential people. We keenly listen to the rich who we think will give us money. We keenly listen to the influential whose opinion of us easily becomes the opinion of everyone else. We keenly listen to the leaders above us who can protect us and sustain our stay in power and position. All these is wrong until we first and exclusively live our lives to please the LORD. Powerful influential individuals are only useful after the LORD is pleased with us.
Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and not Jehoiada. Though Jehoiada was influencing the king and the nation correctly, his personal interests and opinions did not matter. The Writer(s) do not care whether what king Joash did pleased Jehoiada the priest, they only focused on God. When we get an opportunity to influence people, let us influence them to please the LORD and not us. When we influence people for our own benefit, we are corrupt and irresponsible stewards of influence. We shouldn’t influence people in order to gain wealth and power. We shouldn’t influence people to secure jobs and businesses for our relatives and friends. We should only influence people to do right in the eyes of the LORD.
When Jehoiada died, the princes of Judah became the new influence on the king. That means that whichever way, someone is influencing your life. Who is influencing your life? Is it the type of Jehoiada or the type of the princes of Judah? Your daily and ultimate fate depends on who is currently influencing you. Be conscious and look around you and examine yourself – who is influencing you? When your fortunes change, ask yourself – who is influencing me? Could it be books we read? Could it be friends we keep? Could it be relatives? Could it be someone who is so close and we consider him/her a trues supporter? Could it be characters in the current political field? Could it be leaders above you or colleagues? You need to know who is influencing you.
When Jehoiada died, the princes of Judah became the new influence on the king. That means that we too are in a position to influence people. Who are you influencing? Who is listening to you and taking in everything that you are saying? Who is changing for the better or the worse because of your influence? Who may end up in heaven or hell because of your influence? Who will make profit or losses because of your influence? Who will lose out on a big opportunity or gain greatly because of your influence? You need to look around and examine yourself – who are you influencing? Whose welfare will God hold you responsible for?
The princes of Judah were many, but Jehoiada was alone and he made a a good influence on the king and the nation. Influence is so powerful that one person can make a difference in a family, a community, a church, an organisation, an institution and even in a whole nation. The direction that is taken by a family, community, church, organisation, institution and even the whole nation, depends on the influence, even the influence of one person. It is time to relook at who are we influencing and who is influencing us.
Our daily and ultimate fate depends on who is influencing us. We are counted responsible for those whose we influence. May God bless us with people who will influence us to prosperity and eternity. May God bless us to influence people towards daily prosperity and ultimately to eternity, in Jesus name, Amen!(c)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship and content…thank you and be blessed!)