Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…..to Timothy, a beloved son……. I remember you in my prayers night and day….. when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 Tim 1:1-5
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know the power of influence. What is influence? Influence is the ability of a person to compel others to think, feel or behave in a specific manner.
In 2 Tim 1:1-5, we discover that Timothy had the influence of his mother, grandmother, father and the Apostle Paul. In our message, ‘Everyday Influence’ I would like to show how we as elects can play a role in helping the unsaved become mighty for Christ through our everyday influence.
Power Of Influence
The future belongs to those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Elects ought to thank the church for helping us embrace our future in this beautiful Gospel Truth. Elects would not have attained true salvation for their souls if it wasn’t for the support God has provided each step of the way through His Word. Through every setbacks, struggles or unexpected twist, the church has encouraged us to press on and persevere. Most importantly, the church taught us the importance of having spiritual dreams and necessity of making our relationship with God the very center of our future. Though elects are continuously being bombarded by people and things trying to influence us but the church never fails to help us to become the individuals that we are today. Even as your pastor, I hope that my life would influence you in a positive way to encourage elects to love the Lord more by walking in the way He has prepared in advance for us.
Influence In Timothy’s Life
Timothy received tremendous influence within his family circle namely, grandmother, mother and father. In Acts 16:1, we read something that is very important concerning influence in Timothy’s life. Luke says, Timothy’s father was a Greek, indicating he was most likely an unbeliever. It is very possible that in addition to having the influence of a godly grandmother and mother, Timothy also may had the influence of an unsaved and ungodly father. Divided homes are not new to our time and culture and we know the effects of them. Lois, Timothy’s grandmother, appears to have been the first one to embrace the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. Her life influenced her daughter Eunice and both attempted to raise Timothy in the Christian faith. We have a responsibility to be godly influences in the lives of those in our family. We may not see them saved by our influence alone but we can plant the seeds of faith in the Gospel.
Influence Outside Of Family
It appears that it was the Apostle Paul that was the ultimate person that led Timothy to Christ. I believe there were many influences in Timothy’s life, both godly and ungodly. His mother and grandmother planted the seeds of faith in the Gospel Truth. The Apostle Paul watered those seeds and Jesus Christ brought the increase that empowered him to surrender his life to God. Pro 22:6
The Ultimate Choice Is Up To The Individual
How are we influencing the lives of people? Timothy had many influences in his life but it was ultimately his choice to serve Jesus Christ. He did it supergloriously by the power of the Holy Spirit in the most paganistic environment of his day. Timothy became a man who was mightily used by the Lord to set the tone on what it is to be an elect. The godly influence of the Apostle Paul had shaped Timothy’s spiritual life. A person can be instructed in spiritual things, understand Scriptures, know all the words of the water and Spirit and yet their heart not be changed. Instructions precedes conversion, conversion should follow transformation but it doesn’t always happen the way that we expect it or according to our timing. We must not forget that God is sovereign in all that happens. There are times I feel depressed, thinking that I am losing the battle with some elects at NCCkl when it pertains to their spiritual well being. I feel at times that I am working against major influences in their lives. I feel that I am not getting the support that I would like to have from them to keep them saved in Christ. However, the Lord keeps encouraging me to be a positive and godly influence at all costs. Not to give up on them but to keep imparting faith in God’s Righteousness, hoping that something beautiful will stimulate their love for the Lord. May 2020 bring a harvest of souls that we can make a positive impact on them.