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Shepherd Daily Devotional – Becoming a Person of Influence

Written By Ben Dankaka

To become a person of influence, serve people with your gift.

Jesus often had crowds following Him wherever He went. One time, He withdrew with his disciples to a lake. Then a large crowd from Galilee and from many other regions followed Him. These people weren’t invited. They decided to follow Jesus “when they heard all he was doing” (Mark 3:8). That is, if they had not heard what He was doing, they wouldn’t have bothered to follow Him. Most likely, Jesus wasn’t followed by crowds until He launched His ministry. Prior to that time, the Bible didn’t give any account of crowds following Jesus. But when He began to preach and perform mighty miracles, the crowds showed up.

If Jesus hadn’t served others with His gifts the people wouldn’t have noticed Him. To become a person of influence, serve people with your gifts. If you want to have a lot of followers, become a person of value. Social media and all other media platforms can give you an opportunity to pull crowds, but if you really want to get people’s attention and possibly gain a lot of followers, become a person of value. People don’t just follow others because they like them. They follow those who are valuable.

Prayer: Dear Lord, teach me how to be a person of value. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Luke 5:38-42; Mark 3:7-8

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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