Mark 1:22-23 (GNT) The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law”.
We impact our environment by modeling the change we want to see.
“It is not enough to simply teach; you must also impact people,” said my mentor one day. One of the spiritual gifts God has given to me is the gift of teaching (Rom. 12:7).
However, the Lord does not desire that teachers only share knowledge with others. Knowledge alone will not empower others to be mature disciples of Christ.
The authentic impact on people occurs when you walk the talk and lead by example.
Those you influence will look to you, to take the lead and communicate change by actionable steps.
You can’t expect people to change their lives if you aren’t willing to do so yourself.
When we read the scriptures notice the people recognized there was something different about Jesus.
Our Lord was a teacher of the law as a Rabbi. Whenever Jesus taught there was an authority that went beyond the conveying of information.
Please notice Jesus impacted others by sharing truth through the authority of His life.
Jesus shares his heart and soul with people and this is like the unseen magic that moves people.
A life that gives heart and soul moves people to make decisions, moves people to act, moves people to respond.
We must establish a belief in the people we are impacting.
A Bible teacher who wants to have the greatest impact on those they teach should teach transferable life application from the scriptures that they have lived out personally.
This is what gives you your authority to teach. I rarely teach a concept that I have not personally lived out and have an accompanying testimony.
You can read where the Apostle Paul believed and lived this principle as well: “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God” (I Corinthians 2:1).
People want to know they can believe in you. The impact must be demonstrated with clear boundaries for who we are what is expected of us and those we impact.
We must also be careful to not give overconfidence in ourselves to others because we can set ourselves and others up for failure.
Even if you model desired behaviors, establish a clear purpose, and hold people accountable.
Making changes and establishing impact will challenge people, and they will be resistant unless you connect with them emotionally and rationally.
Always remember your family, co-workers, friends, foes, and children, are all waiting to be impacted by you.
Point to ponder
Some of us have a particular anointing and gift that God uses in the lives of others. Ask God to reveal your anointing and gift so you can impact others.
When you study under a teacher make sure your teacher not only teaches but also impacts lives through the life-giving power of the anointing in their life!
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