Leadership is influence; however, we don’t need great wealth, a lofty position or be famous to have a powerful influence. Christ had none of these things and in His short life He was the greatest influence the earth has ever seen. His advice on leadership was the opposite of the world’s advice because He said leadership required servant hood. He said: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:25-28) He lived His own advice and was the most influential leader who ever lived. Lest we think that this type of leadership is impossible for anyone who is not God, we also have examples of men who were profoundly influential leaders WITHOUT the necessity for wealth, position or fame. For example, Paul the Apostle followed in Christ’s footsteps and the work that He did through Paul’s servant leadership is still influencing others today! Paul called himself a “servant of Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 1:1) and he LIVED as a SERVANT but influenced MORE people that the greatest political leader, wealthiest lord or most famous poet of his time. WE can have this incredibly powerful influence as well!!! We don’t have to be Donald Trump, Bill Gates or Taylor Swift in order to have influence! We have GOD! The opportunities are ALL around us and we need to stop searching to be influential leaders based upon the worlds platforms of influence and simply submit ourselves to God’s will so that He can build HIS platform of influence in our lives for us to used for HIS glory! He is the same God today as He was when Paul sat in prison penning His Holy Word which is contained in many of the books we’re still reading 2,000 years later. The most powerful leaders influence others by giving them hope in Almighty God and in order to be that leader we must KNOW and SUBMIT to Him. He is most influential through us when we have been influenced by Him!