Live Second – Influencers

January 15, 2013 under Unlikely Christian
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So, a couple months back, I AM SECOND asked me to guest blog in their “60-Days-of-Second” campaign to promote their new book, “Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First.”  I was assigned ‘Week 10’ from the book and asked to write 4 posts.

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Before you dive into post numero dos, check out this I AM SECOND video.

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Live Second – “Influencers”

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Yes, we should definitely tell influential people about Jesus!

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Yes, we, being the influential people we are, should definitely share Jesus with others!

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I couldn’t agree more.  What great truth for influential people, and people who know influential people.

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I, however, am neither.

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The end.

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Wait…..hold up…..back up…..

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Dude…..did you even watch the Stephen Baldwin – I AM SECOND video?!?!

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A self absorbed, money hungry, wealthy, Hollywood actor was influenced by a woman who was hired to clean his house.

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How absolutely fantastic is that?!?! 

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Think about that for a second.  Those are two people on totally opposite spectrums and if anybody is going to influence anybody, much less change a life in that relationship; 99.9999 times out of 100 it’s going to be the other way around. 

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Man…..I love this story because it has God’s stamp all over it.  I mean, who else but God can orchestrate a divine appointment such as that? 

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As Christians, we shouldn’t really be surprised to hear a story like this, because that’s how God rolls.  He loves to use unlikelys to do the unlikely.  Just open your Bible and see the unlikely cast of characters God uses to do amazing things. 

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Paul lived to persecute Christians, then not only became one, but went on to write a big chunk of the New Testament.

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David, the runt of the litter, almost an afterthought in his own family, went on to become a king, and a man after God’s own heart. 

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Moses was a murderer with a confidence problem when it came to public speaking, but was nevertheless handpicked by God to lead His people out of slavery. 

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A prostitute named Rahab provides refuge and an escape route for Joshua’s spies, then ends up in the genealogy of Jesus.

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Mary, a teenage virgin, gives birth to God in the flesh, in a barn.

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The list of unlikelys goes on and on, Gideon, Esther, Joseph, Sarah, etc…. 

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And since God is unchanging, He still uses unlikelys today – unlikely people & unlikely situations, e.g. Stephen Baldwin & his cleaning lady.  I don’t know about you, but that gives me hope, because I’m an unlikely. 

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It was unlikely, wait…..scratch that, it was highly unlikely that I would ever become a Christian, but I did.  And my life, since I gave it to God five years ago, can only be described as unbelievably unlikely.  It’s completely different now and because of God, I’m doing things today that I never ever thought I’d be doing…..like ever.

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You know what else is unlikely? 

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My influence reaching an influential person. 

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First off, I don’t really know any influential people, certainly no Hollywood actors, professional athletes, musicians or anybody who might one day end up sitting in the “I AM SECOND” chair.  

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Secondly, I’ll just be honest here; talking to people isn’t really my strong point.  I’m a little bit socially awkward, plus I’ve got this whole introvert thing going against me.  God has been chipping away in this area over the last 5 years, and we’ve made great strides, but He’s still got His hard hat, safety vest and work gloves on, so to describe me as an influential person would be a stretch in my mind. 

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But here’s the good news, where I say, “Unlikely!”

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God says, “Give Me those odds all day long!”

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God is setting our divine appointments, some of which are unbelievably unlikely.

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Our job:  Be open and willing to share.

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God will do the rest.

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*FootnoteTo my peeps at I AM SECOND, if you found yourself feeling sorry for me because I don’t know anybody famous, next time David Murphy, Bethany Hamilton or Lecrae drop by HQ, hook a brother up.  I’ll bring the donuts. J

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Hashtags:  #GodCanUseYou  #BeAnUnlikely  #LiveSecond

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