She told me she was going to be the next Beth Moore.
We were out in somebody’s backyard eating hotdogs. I was toting a kid on one hip. She came bouncing up with a smile and a sparkle and told me standing on platforms and teaching the word and getting people excited about Jesus was right up her alley.
She was going to be downright sensational. She was going to be an influencer.
I managed a weak smile. An influencer? The kid on my hip couldn’t be influenced to go pee and poop in the toilet. Who was I kidding?
My days were spent sitting on the floor of the bathroom. With naked tails streaking through my house. No platforms and show lights for me.
She was cute, bouncy and confident… everything you’d expect in “an influencer.” Everything I’m not.
In an age of slick marketing techniques, smoke and lights, charismatic personalities and money bought results, it’s easy to forget that the greatest among us is the least.
Easy to forget but still true.
Ten years ago she told me her name was going to be a household name; and I haven’t heard from Julie since…
…but I heard from another woman this week saying she had the same plans to be the next Beth Moore (seems a whole lot of folks are in the running for that position). She wrote, “I always dreamed of doing “great” HUGE things for God. I was going to be the next Beth Moore. Oh, how much God has taught me.
“I teach a Bible study at the local Women’s Shelter in my town and God has shown me so, so much. Don’t go looking for fireworks…stick to where He has me. Let the HOLY SPIRIT be seen and let HIM do the WORK. Oh, how good He is!!!!”
Those are sound words for someone who hopes to be an influencer. Stick to where He has you. Let His spirit do the work.
Because the truth is, most of us will most decidedly not have household names… but we can all cultivate faithfulness wherever we’re planted.
And I wish we would all lean in close and get this: We cannot measure spiritual stature by the size of our platform.
Soul, did you hear that? Your position on some ladder is never what determines your spirituality.
I don’t care who’s who and who doesn’t say you’re a who and who says you can’t be in the who club. I don’t care what title you do or don’t have.
Ephesians 4:13 says it plain: stature is measured by Christ’s fullness.
How full of Christ are you?
Some of us need a re-orientation.
The measure of a woman isn’t the size of her platform. Or the number of likes, followers, or invites she gets.
It isn’t what conference she attends and whose shoulders she rubs with or whether everyone wants to sit at her table or not.
It isn’t how she measures up with the ladies in her small group or the moms in her kid’s class or that other woman she wishes she could be like.
Real stature is measured by Christ’s fullness.
So let me ask you: How full of Jesus are you?
Are you living nourished by the Vine and so full that you’re bearing fruit?
Truth is, each one of us have been entrusted with a platform already. Priscilla Shirer rightly says, “An audience of friends, family, loved ones, children, coworkers, and public acquaintances are all watching not only to see how we live but to ascertain our attitude as we live it. What kind of woman are you going to be?”
And I’m asking how we’re going to evaluate influence? Success? Importance?
This age old question needs an answer.
Will it be according to the size of a following? How you line up in the pecking order? Or according to the fullness of Christ?
Friend, you are influential. You’re influential every time you model compassion, generosity, wisdom and dignity.
When you smile at the future and demonstrate trust. When you weep over sin and show repentance. When you rejoice with those who rejoice and pray for those in need. When you extend your hand to the poor. When you faithfully serve and draw others to God with your beauty and depth.
In a thousand ways you shine the glory of God.
This is the measure of a woman.
Sister, I’m not sure what platform you’re wishing you had today…but shine on the one you have. In the words of my friend, stick to where He has you. Let the Holy Spirit be seen and let Him do the work.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act,
making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.
Go. Live out your full measure in Christ.
And a pinnable for us simple moms wanting to shine Jesus ~ be an influencer~ in our homes?