Expanding Your Influence by Gary Carter

The sphere of your influence is relative to the level of your endorsement.

Galatians 2:9 says, “and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.”

This is one of the most important times of the Apostle Paul’s ministry. His whole life’s work for the Lord was put in subjection to those whom he respected as governing authorities. The decisions made by the Jerusalem council would shape the future of Paul’s ministry and certainly the level of credibility in the eyes of those within his influence.

The sphere of your influence is relative to the level of your endorsement.

Paul had proven ministry already established but like all of us, our best efforts can only produce a definable sphere of influence. The right hand of fellowship given by the Jerusalem council based on their ability to see the grace of God working through Paul placed him in another realm of credibility and potential. The Apostles were able to perceive that this was God’s work. This sounds like an easy thing in our day, but in Paul’s day it was a critical endorsement of historical significance that expressed that God was not contained within the Jewish world but now has shown Himself in the midst of the Gentiles. This endorsement set the stage for the road ahead.

The principles remain true for us today. Affirmation and endorsement by a colleague who has no greater sphere of influence than our own may bring encouragement, but it doesn’t expand our sphere of influence. The same endorsement from many leaders and their combined spheres of influence creates a whole new dimension of credibility and potential for our ministry. Likewise a gas mechanic that endorses the quality of our leadership does not have the capacity to increase our sphere of influence unless that mechanic is also the head of Toyota or another major industry leader. When the guy who fixes my computer endorses my leadership ministry it brings encouragement, but an endorsement from Bill Gates would change my life and open up a whole new world of possibilities.

The principle shows that the sphere of your influence is directly related to the credibility and the level of the one (or ones) who endorse you. Once endorsed you now function with credibility at their level and within their sphere of combined influence.

The endorsement is not something that is bought or achieved. It comes from an attitude of submissive humility within your obedience to your calling while serving a greater purpose. Paul engaged the council to allow them to judge the validity and to set guidelines of what he was doing. It shows the humility of one of the most knowledgeable and greatest Biblical leaders in history.

Many of us seek the endorsement of peers or people of similar levels of success. Their endorsement brings a sense of encouragement and strength. But when we submit all that we are and all we have done to those who have the ability to shut down or redirect our ministry and to those who have a greater sphere of influence, we are positioning for the road ahead. When the submission is done with a humble heart, willing to be corrected and directed, it defines our identity and establishes us in our calling. An endorsement in this process will invite us into a realm we never created and establish us in credibility we have yet to earn.

So the question for today is… Do the people who endorse my life and ministry have the level of success that can expand my sphere of influence? Do they perceive Gods’ grace on my life? Have they extended the right hand of fellowship to take me to another level?

The sphere of your influence is relative to the level of your endorsement… Follow those who see the greatness in you and have a level of influence to release you into it.

Prayer: Lord… to whom shall I go?

© 2015 Apostle Gary Carter     garycarterinc@gmail.com  /  www.lifechurchedmonton.com