How To Let Your Light Shine: A 3-Step Plan
Christians are ambassadors for Christ. We are required to let our influence be felt.
Matt 5: 13 -16 Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Many Christians struggle with this issue of making their presence felt. Some feel that they are shy. Others have doubt about what they have to offer.
A constant challenge for some Christians is “How can we increase our influence?”
I will share a sure fire 3-step process for increasing your influence in any environment – family, work, affiliations and the wider community.
Step 1: Build Trust
If you reflect on the people who have had the most influence on your life, you will find that they had at least one thing in common – you trusted them. You believed what they shared and trusted their wisdom and judgement. But how did you get to that point?
4 sub-steps unlock that mystery and provide the key to building trust.
Why did you trust?
- There was meaningful contact, often with a high level of frequency or regularity.
Strive for regular meaningful communication with those you want to influence. That is one key to your success. Christ was with His disciples all time. He went to temple and places where He would be sure to contact the people He wanted to influence.
You do not have to become a socialite. You can make a conscious effort to spend more quality time with those that are in your circle. People at work, school or in your neighbourhood.
They satisfied some need that was important to you.
Identify the needs of those you seek to influence and satisfy as many as you can. At least work towards having their needs met.
Christ fed and healed. He satisfied the needs of those who He wanted to influence.
Matt 14: 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
You might not be in a position to address all the physical needs of others but you can be there for them with respect to their emotional needs.
You can also be a source of wise counsel to help them solve problems and make decisions.
- They reached out to you and you perceive that there was a sense of purpose related to the contact.
Make a conscious effort to reach out to those you seek to influence with shared goals in mind.
Christ was clearly focused and dedicated to His purpose.
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Make letting your light shine an important item on your daily agenda.
- They delivered on promises. This is the bedrock of trust.
Only promise what you can deliver and deliver what you promise.
Christ was sure in His pronouncements. Nothing that He said proved to be false or worthy of being doubted.
Let your word be your bond. Never allow yourself be caught in a lie or a hollow promise.
Step 2: Be Admired/Respected
Cast your thoughts to the people that you admire or respect. It is likely that the basis of your admiration or respect could be placed into 2 categories:
- Their accomplishments and contributions
- Their character
What does this mean for you?
- You can wield more influence if you accomplish more and make a greater contribution to your community and the world at large. If you are seen as a worthy citizen you will earn more credibility and wield more influence.
- That means that continuous learning and skills upgrade along with focus and commitment are essential ingredients on the path to letting your light shine brightly.
- Also, take care of your surroundings and be diligent.
- Take care to ensure that your accomplishments and contributions are in keeping with your role as an Ambassador for Christ.
- Your behaviour (life) must be in keeping with the message that you are trying to send.
- In essence, you have to become a role model for the group. You have to be the living manifestation of what you want them to become. “Do as I (say ) do!”
- You need to be someone that they look up to.
- You need to be a source of inspiration. Walk the talk!
Step 3: Care
Why is it that most of us trusted our parents and took guidance from them? At the core, it is because we believed that they cared about us. We believe that they had our best interest at heart and would spare no effort to satisfy our needs. We never felt as though they would lead us down the wrong path or betray our trust.
That is the ultimate blueprint for increasing your influence.
Matt 15: 32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
Demonstrate continuously that you care for those you seek to lead, influence or impact. Make it crystal clear that you are there to pull them up and not to push them down.
Follow this step-by-step plan for the next 60 days and witness a ground swell in your capacity to influence others.