Are You An Influencer?

By Adin Costanzo, Children’s Ministry Summer Intern

On social media platforms such as Tik Tok, content creators are known as “influencers.” As their title suggests, they influence their viewers to do certain things. However, many influencers lead their viewers to do somewhat irrational things that often injure or hurt them.

Today, many students look for someone to guide them through life. Jesus had a large influence in His time on Earth as He discipled many people–more specifically, the twelve disciples who followed Jesus everywhere. These young adult men were blessed to be led by the best teacher. However, Jesus’ influence did not end when He died on the cross. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

In my life, I have had many great “influencers” who have poured biblical truths into my heart. My father has always been a strong guide for me as I have walked through life. My grandparents often invite me and my cousins over for special movie nights to teach us about life before we were born and how far we have come as believers. Many adult choir or staff members from South Tulsa will check on me at OBU and make sure I am doing good and continuing to follow God’s path.

I am sure many of you have had that person in your life who has influenced your spiritual walk. Take time today to remember them and even thank them for what they have done or are still doing for you. But don’t forget, as Jesus commands, we also need to take the steps to disciple others. Perhaps there is a young person in your heart whom you know needs a strong believer to walk with them through life. We are commanded to go, not stay. Do as the disciples did then, as many believers have since, and as many others will, and go be a light for someone!