C. S. Lewis was arguably the most influential Christian writer of the 20th century, and even up to this point in the 21st century. Lewis wrote the classic children’s allegorical stories of the Chronicles of Narnia series, with the first in that series being The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The main character was a lion named Aslan, who was a Christ-figure. Lewis’s non-fiction books, particularly Mere Christianity, give a clear, logical explanation of the Christian faith. His work has helped bring many people to a faith in Christ. It would be hard to exaggerate the influence he has had on Christianity.
Interestingly, Lewis found faith through the influence of his friend J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the famous Lord of the Rings. We admire people like Lewis, who had such a positive influence, and someone like Tolkien, who had an influence on Lewis.
Who has had a significant and positive influence on your life? I asked this question in our weekend services and asked people to call out their answers. Parents, grandparents, a mate, and a friend were some of the responses. We’ve all had people influence us for the good.
All of us not only have been influenced in a positive way by others but we can have such an influence on others. I know, sometimes we have our doubts about this. We see our weaknesses and are vividly aware of our struggles. How can we be of any help to others?
If we think about those who have had a great influence on us we’d have to admit that they weren’t perfect people, and that they had their own struggles. In fact, every single Bible character, other than Jesus, was far from perfect, and yet their stories are in the Bible to inspire us with what God can do with ordinary and imperfect people. Maybe, just maybe God can use us too!
When the apostle Paul asked the Lord to heal him of something that he thought was inhibiting his work he heard the Lord say to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (1 Corinthians 12:9)