Our days are full of choices. What am I going to wear? What am I going to eat? Am I going to workout? Do I avoid that person at the grocery store? Do I respond to that email? Do I answer that phone call? Do I…? You get the point. We make reactionary choices all day, every day with little or no consideration of the long-term effects they might bring.
One of our most critical choices is who gets our time. Tim Ferriss, an author and podcaster, wrote “You are the average of the five people you most associate with.” We don’t get to choose our co-workers, the people we see at the grocery store, local gym or at our kids events. However, we do have the opportunity to choose our associations and influences.
Psalm 1 gives clear boundaries on the characteristics of our closest influencers. These boundaries also tells us what type of influencer we should strive to be.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Here are five character qualities of a Godly influencer.
First, a Godly influencer does not behave according to the advice of ungodly people. The moral standard of people who do not know Jesus should not be accepted or practiced by people who do not Jesus.
Second, a Godly influencer does not defend or justify the actions of ungodly people. Jesus never defended or justified actions of people, but loved them unconditionally.
Third, a Godly influencer does not dwell in a gathering of people who mock or show little respect for others. My youth pastor often said, “one good apple in a basket of bad apples will not make the bad apples good.”
Fourth, a Godly influencer finds pleasure in God’s Word as it is written. There is a trend among Christians to distort the truth of the Bible to appease cultural shifts. If you change the meaning of Scripture to match cultural shifts, you are not a Godly influencer. God knew about the United States in 2017 when the Bible was written. God’s moral standard is applicable to all humanity.
Fifth, a Godly influencer meditates on God’s Word. Meditate means to give serious thought and consideration of God’s Word and the implications for one’s life. If God’s Word is not transforming your life, you are conforming to the world’s standard and will be unable to remain a Godly influencer.
As you read these character qualities, I pray you will be open to God’s transforming power in your life. The world needs each of us to be a Godly influencer. If we remain silent, the Holy Spirit will continue to be quenched in our country.
You already have enough grace in your life to be type of influencer that Psalm 1 describes. Be blessed today.