Who Do You Believe?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

We hear messages constantly. The claims of advertisements. The conclusions of politicians. Rumors and gossip. Opinions and speeches. Amidst this swirl of voices, the question remains: Who do we really believe?

Recent studies show the growing influence of individuals known as “information brokers.” These are people who “have a wealth of knowledge and know how to share it.” Because of this knowledge, they are able to gain influence for themselves, and those who employ their insights.

Studies have shown that the key reason for their influence is because they “have their audience’s trust.” In fact, most of those who receive recommendations from an influencer are highly likely to follow their recommendations. And a ripple effect is created, as consumers share the insights they’ve received from friends and family.

In many ways, the same principles apply to our spiritual lives. In our world, many claim to know the truth, to have answers. Do we believe the politicians whose statements sound convincing? Do we believe celebrities who try to convince us of their worldview? Do we follow the latest trends and fads?

The disciples of Jesus faced the same kinds of decisions. At one time, many decided to stop following Him because His teachings were too “difficult.” But Peter put the issue in context. He told Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (John 6:60-68).

In this world believers are also called “information brokers.” We’ve been changed through our relationship with Jesus and by obeying God’s Word. By being filled with His Spirit. We gain the trust of others through the consistency of our testimony and the fact that we know God and the Truth.