Are you a bad influence?

“Manasseh led them astray…”  2 Kings 21:9.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33, and John 4.

Manasseh was the king.  His decisions carried plenty of weight.

Can we dismiss him as someone who really made a mess of things and then quickly move on?  Don’t think so.

Almost all of us are in some sort of position of authority over other people.  You have that in a family.  You have it at work.  Or among people in activities you are involved in.  Point?  We are all probably in a position to influence others by what we do.

Therefore, we return to Manasseh with new eyes.  He took many people down a godless path.  Are we taking anyone down a godless path?

Do we understand the responsibility we have to rightly represent Him?  Others are watching and learning.  We have influence within our midst.

As I’ve written before, I struggle in situations where there is little time to collect my thoughts.  I say things and do things that I regret later.  That needs to be fixed because others see/hear me.

The cure for me is a tight relationship with God.  I can’t drift along on a previous relationship to God.  It must be up-to-the-moment.

“Lord, I need You every second.  There cannot be any gaps in our relationship.  Forgive me for being a godless witness.  You are my God.  I love You.  There is no excuse for lagging behind spiritually.  Help me, Lord.  Take me over, I beg.”

We all have influence but is it Godly?



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