It’s all about influence.
Who is influencing whom and how much?
When we speak about believers, we can say,
that we all make disciples, good or bad ones.
The Bible teaches that every believer is a spiritual priest.
We have learned to honor this principle of believer priesthood
by respecting people’s privacy.
How can we make disciples, if we are not allowed
to influence them?
I believe that we should not make decisions for other people
nor let them make us run their lives. God desires to lead
people individually. But I also believe in influencing people.
That’s what relationships are all about.
This doesn’t work well without a healthy system of accountability.
Sometimes we lack this in our voluntary based operations.
Usually a volunteer is less committed to the work than the one
who is officially responsible and controlled by the payroll.
Whatever our status might be we should not deceive ourselves
into some kind of neutrality.
Neutrality is a close partner of passivity.
Their company is working day and night.
We are called to express God’s character to others.
That cannot go wrong.
God’s character can be revealed with our life-style, attitudes,
words, works, decisions, priorities and commitments,
but mostly it is revealed in our relationships.
Isn’t this what Jesus said, “By this shall all know that you are
my disciples, if you love one another as I have loved you.”
It’s impossible to love without influencing one another.