September 27, 2016

4 Habits Jesus Used to Build Influence

Influence. The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.

Jesus influenced three types of people:
  • His disciples - Those who believed
  • His critics - His younger brother James as well as some Pharisees.
  • His enemies – Saul once the enemy of the early ekklesia. After his Damascus experience, and a name change, Paul became the main propagator of Jesus’ message.
As He walked among the people of that time, Jesus displayed certain habits and disciplines that captured the attention of many. These habits were taught, observed, passed down and emulated by His disciples back then and by His disciples today. These habits were expressed through daily routines, patterns and practices. 

After meeting and talking with Him, they all became radically influenced by Him in one way or another. 

Here are four important habits Jesus used to build influence that are examples we should emulate.
  1. He made connections. These connections often become friends (Proverbs 18:24) and can build networks that will become a benefit to you, but more importantly to others. (Luke 16:9)

    Jesus was able to make connections with those who were sick, the rich, the poor, the soldier the farmer and everyone in between.

  2. He knew His audience. These are the people who are where you used to be, where you are presently and where you want to be in the future.

    From temples to ships, to those that were lost, Jesus knew who His audience was and where to find them.

  3. He created good content. Jesus had good content. Anytime you can make a blind man see, and raise the dead, that's good content.

    Whether it’s teaching, business, singing, blogging, cooking etc., do it well. If it’s not good, not only will people not want it, but you could lose influence. By the way, status quo is terrible content.

  4. He was consistent. Jesus was consistent in doing the impossible. He was consistent in word and in deed, both of which lined up with His purpose and His vision.

    Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said and whatever Jesus started, He finished. Consistency lends credibility which builds influence.
Each and everyone of us should get up everyday with the mind of Jesus emulating His habits to influence the world.

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