Have you noticed that some people have an ability to influence others that is so great that companies will pay them to be the name and face of their products. These business’s look for people who have a good reputation and that are known and respected by the general public. People who are in big demand have an image that others like, such as confidence with humility, nice appearance, friendliness and stability. Traits that are universally liked.
I remember back in the later part of the 90’s when a certain basketball player announced his retirement. Perhaps no one was more marketable than he was at that time. The influence that he had on everyone – young and old, male and female, black or white, American, European – was enormous. Sometimes I think about such an individual as him becoming a Christian and preaching the good news of repentance toward God and faith in Jesus. Wow! What good he could do! It is sad that things like this don’t seem to happen, but God is in charge, and He does spread His Word.
How? Through people who generally don’t have a lot of influence or charisma or power or fame. By just plain folk like you and me; through people who know the truth and are willing to spread His message to others. This is God’s way. When God sent His Son into the world, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him”. (Isaiah 53:2)
Paul also was not a good looking, crowd-pleasing speaker, but was weak in presence and unimpressive as a speaker. (2 Corinthians 10:10). As Jesus said to Paul concerning his physical limitations, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. (2 Corinthians 12:9).
So, my point is this; the fact that people with great worldly talents and abilities don’t use them for spiritual good should not surprise nor disappoint us, because God intended all along to use us. And even though our sphere of influence may not be very much, we still have some influence on some people. Therefore, we are responsible to speak and behave as though those people are our sole responsibility. After all, if we are in a position to evangelize someone, maybe it is God’s providence.
Also, we should not get discouraged if we don’t see immediate results. As Isaiah said, “So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth, It shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (55:11) Or in other words, “one plants, another waters, but God gives the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:7).
I suppose my day-dreaming about a famous person publically converting and preaching the gospel and saving thousands of souls may be a fun way to kill time, but it doesn’t do any good, because the reality is God uses Christians and wants us to view everyone we know as a potential Christian. Even though we may not have as much influence as a lot of other people in this world, if we allow Him to, God is able to use us effectively.