If you’re reading this, you may be feeling a tug on your heart to become a Christian influencer, but you might also be hesitant due to the fear of what others might think. I want to assure you that you’re not alone in this struggle, and I want to offer you hope and encouragement through the truth of God’s Word.
Fear and self-doubt are natural when it comes to putting yourself out there. It’s normal to worry about being judged, misunderstood, or rejected. However, it’s essential to remember that fear does not come from God, and it’s not part of His plan for your life.
In Luke 4:22, we read about how even Jesus Himself faced judgment and criticism from the Pharisees, who questioned His authority and mocked Him. They said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” They couldn’t see beyond His humble beginnings and failed to believe that He was the Son of God. Nevertheless, Jesus did not allow their criticism to hinder Him from fulfilling His purpose. He remained steadfast in His identity and mission, ultimately changing the world
Similarly, as a Christian influencer, you have a unique calling and purpose in God’s kingdom. You have been blessed with gifts and talents that are meant to be used for His glory, and no one else can fulfil your role. Don’t allow fear to hold you back from embracing the fullness of what God has in store for you.
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
So, how can you overcome the fear of judgment and step into your calling as a Christian influencer? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Remember who you are in Christ: Your worth and identity are not determined by the opinions of others but by the fact that you are a beloved child of God. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You have been created with purpose and intention, and your value is immeasurable.
- Focus on your mission: By keeping your eyes fixed on the bigger picture, it becomes easier to let go of fears and doubts. Your mission as a Christian influencer is to spread the love and truth of Jesus to as many people as possible. When you prioritize this mission, it becomes less about you and more about what God wants to accomplish through you.
- Surround yourself with support: It’s vital to have people in your life who will encourage and uplift you, especially during times of vulnerability. Seek out a community of fellow Christians who can offer advice, accountability, and prayer. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of being actively involved in a local church and growing in your faith alongside people who know you. Online sermons are valuable, but they cannot replace the support and guidance found within a church community.
- Trust in God’s purpose and plan: God has a specific purpose and plan for your life. He has given you talents and abilities for a reason, and He wants you to use them for His glory and the advancement of His kingdom. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, Jesus tells the story of a man who entrusted his servants with different amounts of money to invest while he was away. Two of the servants invested and doubled their money, while the third hid his money out of fear. The master commended the faithful servants for their actions but rebuked the fearful servant for his inaction and lack of faith.
Like the servants in the parable, God has entrusted you with unique talents and abilities to invest in His kingdom. He desires for you to use them boldly and faithfully, without being hindered by the fear of judgment or failure. Remember that God’s approval matters more than the opinions of others.
Dear friend, do not let fear hold you back from the calling that God has placed on your life. Trade your fear for faith, knowing that God is with you every step of the way. Surround yourself with a supportive community of believers, seek out mentorship from experienced Christian leaders, and trust that God has a purpose and plan for your life.
If you’re still struggling with the fear of what people may think, let the words of 2 Timothy 1:7 be your encouragement and strength: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Trust in His Word and in His plan for your life. The world is in desperate need of the Good News, and people are searching for meaning, purpose, and truth online. You have been called for such a time as this.
I’m cheering you on, friend. Be bold, be brave, and always speak the truth. If God is calling you, be obedient to Him and put your trust in Him, for He is faithful.
In Christ’s love,