Back to our story of Moses, Aaron and the Israelites wanting a “god” to worship (Exodus 32). Aaron, had all the people bring him some gold and the passage tells us that he made a golden idol in the shape of a calf for the people to worship. Aaron caved to the pressure and gave the people what they wanted. He made them an idol.
Aaron didn’t influence the people but rather the people influenced him. He gave them what they wanted. But is that influential leadership? If we gave our kids everything they wanted they would probably eat dessert for every meal of the day. But as parents we know that is not the best thing for them. So we have to say “no” often. Aaron was afraid of the people, so he said “yes”.
Moses on the other hand, when he heard about what happened and saw the people, he got so angry that he broke the tablets that had the 10 Commandments on them (which God Himself made!) and took the golden calf and threw it into the fire. He did not care what the other people thought about him or even what they might do to him. Why? He feared God more than man.
When we care more about what God thinks than what other people think…that is when we can become an influence to those around us. Aaron was influenced by the people…Moses influenced the people. What was the difference? Aaron was more afraid of the people than God and Moses was more afraid of God than the people.
What makes us influencers? Having a healthy fear of God in our lives.