Why are men like Martin Luther so few and far between in church history?
I don’t know for sure, but it seems to have been the case throughout all of church history and not just during the Reformation or our day.
In fact, it seems to be that way in the Bible too. Consider people like Moses, Joshua, Caleb, the judges, kings, prophets, Jesus, the Twelve, etc. The existence of few leaders isn’t just a sign of weakness it’s a sign of divine design as well. God leads by leaders. And God has given different people different abilities to lead. I don’t want to excuse everybody and say that nobody else should have courage or vision like the heroes of faith and of our time that we know.
We shouldn’t always be saying that the church is weak because there is only a Moses or a Joshua. Rather, God seems to enjoy raising up spokesmen from time to time to do his special work. And he expects the rest to rally to the call of being bold influencers of our time.
So what really does it entail to be a bold influencer?
It means putting your confidence in the Lord. If I ride the roller coaster of life as it relates to being a youth, I’ll never be satisfied. Rising up and putting all my courage and faith in Jesus is the only thing that’s going to keep me at an even keel, through the ups and downs of life and generational revolutions.
Working as an employee in a team, being a bold influencer in my faith means serving my teammates—working hard for my teammates, working for the guy next to me, serving the people around me, truly asking my teammates how their day is going or what’s going on in their lives. Being intentional with them as people, not just as team players. Then just having a mentality of, “I’m choosing God first in every situation. I’m going to live that out and be an example to the people around me, to truly create that culture of Christ in a locker room.”
In families as parents you have the responsibility before God to use your influence with your children for His glory and their good. To model godliness to them.
We are the salt of the world- Salt in the believer’s life speaks of Christ like living, Christ likeness or Word-filled, Spirit-filled lives that manifest the reality of personal relationship and trust in Jesus Christ.
And we are the light of the world- A light does not call attention to itself. It points the way through the darkness and spotlights the path or some object we want others to see, specifically, the PORTRAIT OF CHRIST. We are to spotlight God’s truth, the Lord Jesus.
So let’s go out there and be ambassadors of Christ and turn our worlplaces, schools, homes, neighbourhoods and country upside down for God.