“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Your Vote and Influence”
(Please read 1 Peter 3:1-2)
Candidates for public office like to hand out cards to voters, reading something like this: “Your vote and influence will be appreciated.” If a voter has some influence with others, that may result in several votes, making his influence worth much more than his single vote. So a wise candidate gives priority to courting endorsements by the most influential people.
Jesus wants both our “vote” and our influence, so that we will not only give him our lives but will also help draw others to him. He is the world’s greatest example of the power of influence. Almost 20 centuries after his death, his influence marches on. Principles he taught are recognized as the highest ever presented to humankind, and much of his influence is felt through studying the Bible.
But for the millions who do not read his word, Christ’s influence must be exerted through his disciples. Our text speaks of one of the great ways to win others to Him – simply living a good life. As songwriter Annie J. Flint put it: “We are the only Bible/The careless world will read;/We are the sinners’ gospel,/We are the scoffers’ creed.” (Look at the song, “The World’s Bible,” for more of her astute words.)
Jesus gave us a great blueprint for good influence: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NASB). May this be a shining day for all of us.