Klout (a play on the word “clout”) a social media site, says that it measures the influence you have on others. The premise is kinda cool. They believe that everyone has influence and “influence drives action”. They are, I believe, correct about that. Everyone does have influence, some more than others, some use it for good, some use influence for personal or financial gain. If your in the social medial world it is a nice toy to play with to see how you’re, at least as far as social media can tell, influencing others.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a way to measure you clout as christian. To know how you much influence you had in building the Kingdom of God. Because we all do have influence. God has placed every one of us in our own unique sphere of people that we have some influence over and that influence, just like “Klout” says, drives action. Do you ever wonder what kind action your driving?
People go online to see how their Klout score has changed. Do you ever check your clout score with God? There is no clear and precise way of knowing how your doing using your influence as a christian, but you can be sure- EVERYONE is building a Kingdom and you use their influence with others as they invest one to.
I know that with all the things that call for my attention during the day that it is SO EASY to become distracted and place God on the back burner. It is not that I forget about Him, but He is often not right up front where He should be. It is reflected in my lack of willingness to bring Him into conversations that He belongs in or my avoidance of the conversation that I should direct. It is reflected in my neglect of conversational prayer during the day.
Like the person who cares about their Klout score, I should care about my clout where it counts, with the Kingdom.
Here are some questions that my help you think about how you’re using your Clout for the Kingdom.
1. When is the last time I used my influence to encourage someone facing a moral dilemma to make a God honoring decision?
2. When is time I brought up God in a conversation that was not easy to do?
3. Putting your money where the Kingdom is. Money is influence. How much of your money this last month was given away to support work that is purposefully Kingdom oriented?
4. Where in the last week did you make time to serve with others who are doing work that is purposefully Kingdom oriented?
5. How much time have you spend reading and thinking about what Kingdom work and living is really all about and adjusting your life to be more in line with those priorites in the last 6 months?
6. Who do you meet with regularly (aside from your spouse) that encourages, inspires and challenges you to make the most of your influence for Kingdom building?
What are your thoughts? What question would you use to honestly evaluate how your using your influence to build the Kingdom of God?
Here is the link to check out Klout: http://klout.com
Here are some verses that go me thinking about how we all have influence and are influenced by others…
1Kings 21:25 (No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the LORD’s sight as Ahab did under the influence of his wife Jezebel.
Psalm 112:1&9 How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. 9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Proverbs 3&4 3Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success[a]in the sight of God and man.