The Sharp Sword of Gospel Influence

What sort of influence do you have on those around you? Everyone has a certain influence on others, just as they themselves cannot avoid, in some sense, becoming like those with whom they share company. Do you actively seek to influence those around you for the glory of God?

David’s life serves us well as an example of how to influence people for the glory of God. He has time and time again shown that his faith in Yahweh is more than lip service; it is a calling that he is willing to die for. Again this week, we will see David’s influence on those around him (even the Philistines!).

This Sunday at Redeemer, Jim Hamilton will be preaching the message, David Rejected and Overcoming, from 1 Samuel 29-30. In chapter 29, we see David’s influence working in two main ways. First, the lords of the Philistines have picked up on the fact that David is committed to following “his lord,” even at the expense of their heads (29:4). They are ready to get rid of him! Secondly, we see David’s influence on Achish, the King of Gath. Notice his comment to David (in 29:6): “As the LORD (Yahweh) lives, you have been upright…” Has David’s loyalty to the one true God (after only a year and 4 months) had such an effect on this pagan King?

What about you? Do the people at your workplace know that you are a committed follower of Jesus Christ? Do you “inquire of Yahweh,” and become “strengthened by your God” the way that David does? Friend, if you are wholly committed to the Savior, others will notice and opportunities for the Gospel to go forth will abound! May God give us the ability to live out verses like 2 Corinthians 4:15—

For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

May God bring Glory to His Name through His people!

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