Stewardship of Influence

John writes in 1 John 2 about spiritual development. He uses the idea of growing as a child into a young man and ultimately into a spiritual father. The spiritual father is one who is using his influence to build other disciples for Christ. Yesterday, I had the opportunity along with about a hundred others to spend time with two spiritual fathers of our day, Pastor Johnny Hunt of First Woodstock and Dr. Charles Stanley of First Baptist Atlanta. Their investment in the lives of people in our generation is absolutely astonishing.

Just a few takeaways from our time yesterday:

Whatever you accomplish in life it will happen on your knees.
Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
When you are in the center of God’s will, you will see everything as coming from God.
Dr. Charles Stanley

It was a great honor to be able to see Dr. Stanley’s prayer closet while I was visiting In Touch Ministries. A friend with me said, ‘Can you imagine the prayers that have been offered up in that place? The vision that has been given?’ It was encouraging to say the least.

Whatever baggage you carry will only get heavier in ministry if you don’t deal with it.
Insecurities make you unsure and stalls productivity.
Confident leaders enjoy giving credit to others.
Dr. Johnny Hunt

As I listened to these ‘fathers’ of the faith, I was inspired and greatly challenged. I really desire to be an influence in the lives of others. I know you do as well. If anything, I have learned that the only influence worth having is the influence that God has through your life. Let’s pray for one another that we would become who God desires us to become. I thank God for people like Johnny Hunt and Charles Stanley.