"Person of Infuence"
Today’s reading - Acts 12:16-19 (NIV): 16But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the brothers about this," he said, and then he left for another place.
18In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
By a simple motion of his hand, Peter had everyone present captivated and hushed ready to listen. Then there is Herod, by a critical examination, he had people on the hunt to execute the guards. Both men had people listen and follow the orders given – what a powerful influence these two men had, but so vastly different.
Sometimes people search for ways to be influential and powerful, just to feel empty and breathless. Others serve with humility, standing in the background, unnoticed feeling hopeful for the future. What we do in life, is not what is important; what is important is how we serve and live our lives. The power to influence belongs to God. His power and mercy and grace are freely given to everyone. How these gifts are received and used for His kingdom influences all of eternity.
Make it a point to be influenced by God’s power and share how He released you from the bondage of sin and death.
Dorothy Drago Brucks
Aldersgate UMC, Nixa, Mo.