When you hear, “Christian Influencer”, many thoughts may come to your mind. Whether they are positive or negative, those thoughts have the ability to shape how you perceive others and ultimately, yourself.

INFLUENCE; the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc of others.

I see a few things in this definition. When you have an influence you have power, and you can produce an effect on the actions of others. You can even shape the opinions of others, which can lead to the beliefs of others. This is not some trivial thing—this is a big deal. As Christians we are called to act as Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is a representative of someone else. They go in the place of the other person.

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:20.

During my time at RBTC, I have had the opportunity to be a “student ambassador” and travel around the country telling others about my school. At first I didn’t see my job as a very important one, and wasn’t aware of how I presented myself at the different conferences we would attend. But, as time went on, I was realizing how important my actions were on the road. The way I presented myself and spoke about my college, could be the reason someone else saw it in either a good or bad light. Many of the people I have met on the road will never attend my college, or even walk on Campus… all they will know about it is what they heard at the conference or what they heard me say to them at my table.

But what if they never speak to me? What if they only stand from across the room and see how I interact with others and my team, and how I handle situations when they don’t go as planned? People are watching you whether you are aware of it or not. The question we must ask ourselves is, “am I being a good representative?”.

I understand, no one really wants to walk around life constantly aware of what they’re saying, how it could be perceived, who is listening, or the way you look across a room… but, if you truly desire to reach as many people as possible for Jesus, this will be a necessary adjustment to the way you conduct yourself. So how do you change the way you represent Christ?

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33

If you live by this verse, you won’t always have to be hyperaware of your day to day actions! Instead you’ll desire to live this way. Your primary goal won’t be your comfortability, it will be representing Christ so well that others can’t help but be drawn to you. Your goal won’t be how others are looking to you, it will be how they see right through you directly to Jesus. When you look at life like this, you can be such an effective vessel for His Kingdom, always seeking His glory above yours.

I firmly believe that to be a powerful Christian influencer today, we have to lay aside ourselves and put on Christ. We have to possess a solid relationship with God Himself, and continually cultivate it, otherwise, our hearts will harden to the people we are called to influence.

A true Christian influencers heart cares so much about the hurt and needs of others, that they make it a priority to commune personally with the Father so that they can publicly declare His healing power and His deep, deep love for His children.

I don’t know if Gods immense, all powerful, all consuming love will ever fully be understandable or comprehendible to me… but I do know that I will strive to love others the way that He has so selflessly loved me by seeking His kingdom first, and in turn being a positive influence for His name.

Gabrielle Delay