Today, people are always saying their “circle” when referring to their closest friends or loved ones. However, we all have a circle of influence that is much larger than those closest to us. Our real circle of influence from a kingdom perspective comprises of every territory that God has assigned us to. For example, it is your job, home, and church. It also includes the person you see in the grocery store or the one you walk by at the mall. As humans, we tend to be very selfish by nature and focused solely on that which directly concerns us. However, God requires more of us. Luke 12:48 says, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him, they will ask the more”. He has placed us in positions, places, and roles for us to make an impact. We are where we are for a purpose and that purpose should be centered around pointing people back to God.
During my seventeen years as an educator, I would often find myself in positions that required me to listen, encourage, and even pray for people. There were days when I was tired and dealing with my own issues. Therefore, the last thing I wanted to do was take on someone else’s. When I realized that God was orchestrating those moments, I began to ask God to show me what He would have me to do and how to handle each situation. Instead of seeing my job as just a job, I started to see it as a divine assignment. I started to see people in a different light. They weren’t just people that God allowed me to cross paths with but souls and I didn’t want to disappoint God. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share His love. So, I would ask God for His wisdom on how to handle each person and He was faithful to lead me. Since then, I’ve always tried to use the same approach wherever He sends me. Although I’ve made mistakes, I’ve found great joy in seeing how God has blessed others as a result.
What are you doing with those God has entrusted to your care? Are you seizing opportunities to show the love of Christ to others every chance you get? Are you allowing fear of rejection to hinder you from reaching out to those around you? If so, please don’t. God has allowed these interactions for a reason. He wants you to be a vehicle of His of grace, love, joy, and light in this world. It can be as simple as a smile, encouraging word, or a listening ear. I promise if you will open your mouth and heart; God will fill them.
Scope out the territory. Who is your next assignment? Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare you for the task.
My Friend, Work Your Circle!