Misusing Your Influence

Joh 19:11  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 

Jesus reveals to us two sources of influence. One was from heaven and was given to Pilate. Psalm 75 tells us that God puts down one and sets up another. Pilate had been elevated to his political position by the will of God. However, Pilate misused the influence that had been given him from Heaven. Misusing God-given power is a sin. Judas on the other hand was empowered by hell. Satan himself had entered Judas at the Last Supper and moved him to raise his hand against Christ. Judas never lost his free will but he surrendered it to the force of hell. He yielded his mind and body to satan’s purpose. Therefore his obedience to satan will draw for him a harsher punishment than those who misuse power given them from heaven. We all have influence over others and therefore are held accountable for how we wield that influence. It is a sin to misuse the power God has given you. Peer, parent, preacher, or president, it matters not, we all have a responsibility to properly use the influence given to us by God. To misuse our influence places us in the same category of those who live in obedience to satan – that category being the recipient of God’s punishment.