“Why do you say…’My way is hidden from the Lord’?”
A Hidden Influence? No influence for good is hidden from God. The devil loves to make us think that our influence does not amount to much. God, on the other hand, stresses the power of spoken words (Matt 12:36), gracious acts (Matt 10:42), and silent influences (Matt 18:6). We each have an incredible amount of influence which can be used for good and for God.
For example, a woman, whose name society has forgotten, once gave a gospel pamphlet to a hardened sinner named Richard Baxter. Baxter read it and was converted. He wrote a book entitled The Call of the Unconverted which God used to bring many to Christ, among them Philip Doddridge. Doddridge in turn wrote a book entitled The Rise and Progress of Religion which God used also to bring many to Christ, among them William Wilberforce.
Wilberforce was a member of the British parliament in the early 1800’s and a leader of the anti-slavery coalition. Many attribute the outlawing of slavery by the British to the determination and Christian commitment of Wilberforce and his friends. He in turn wrote a book entitled A Practical View of Christianity which God also used to bring many to Christ, among them Leigh Richmond. She also wrote a small booklet called “The Dairyman’s Daughter” which God also used to bring many to Christ.
Our influences spread out like the ripples caused by a stone striking the surface of water. Are you using your influences this day for Christ? If the simple act of a simple woman giving a gospel pamphlet to someone in need of salvation could ultimately raise up tens of thousands (and more) what could your influence do for God?
Lord, teach us to number our days and use them each and every one for You. Give us the grace to see how finite are the opportunities that come our way but how infinite are the potentials within each for doing good.