Stewards of Influence – II Kings 5:3

Influence is a fascinating subject to me. As a husband, a parent, a pastor, a Christian, my entire life is pretty much wrapped up in my success or failure to influence.

Definition of influence Merriam-Webster’s:

  1. the power to change or affect someone or something
  2. the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen
  3. a person or thing that affects someone or something in an important way

I. The People of Influence

John Maxwell’s Law of Influence: It’s all about who we are and what we know.

Quote: No matter your age, gender, religion, race, nationality, location, or position, everyone has influence. Whether you want to be a leader or not, you are. On a scale of 1-10, your influence can be very low level (1) to very high level (10). But make no mistake, you are a leader. You are always on the scale. The higher on the scale you are the more effective you are. Mack Story

Not matter who you are, you have influence. Remember that!

The Bible is filled with a wide variety of people that had influence, starting with the little maid in our text.

A. Little Girl – II Kings 5:3

B. Little Boy – John 6:9

C. Teenager – David/Goliath

D. Woman – John 4 “Come see a man…”

II. The Process of Influence

A. A Vocal Expression

Sometimes the greatest influence you can have on others is to simply say something.

  • Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

This little girl was not obligated to say anything.

It was probably not encouraged for her to speak to them or draw attention to herself.

She could have opted to stay quiet in favor of remaining in the shadows.

She could have come up with dozens of excuses for not saying anything.

But she chose to speak up – so simply open her mouth and say something. That’s influence.

B. A Visible Excitement

People are looking for something that is real and something alive.

A dead, discouraged, depressed, despondent attitude will not have a positive influence on anyone.

Notice this little maid’s words – “Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria!”

Do you see the EXCLAMATION POINT at the end of this statement?

The Holy Ghost put that there to show us that this little maid was EXCITED about the prophet!

Getting excited is not enough – we need to be excited about the things that change lives!

If we could get half as excited about eternal things as we do temporary things, imagine the influence!!!

C. A Victorious Energy

Notice the end of verse 3 – for he would recover him of his leprosy.

This little girl was ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY SURE that if Namaan could see the prophet, he would be healed.

What is interesting is how sure she was that the prophet could heal leprosy, even though he’d never done it.

  • Luke 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

How can we influence others?  SHOW SOME CONFIDENCE!

III. The Prize of Influence

Let’s look at the definition of INFLUENCE once again:

  1. the power to change or affect someone or something
  2. a person or thing that affects someone or something in an important way

This little maid, with her decision to:

  1. say something
  2. get excited
  3. demonstrate some confidence in her God

…she made an unbelievable difference in this man, this family, this nation.

Her one, passionate, excited, heart-felt statement had an unbelievable amount of influence.

Conclusion:

As a steward of influence, how will you use your influence this year?

How many people’s lives will you have a positive effect on?