The Most Influential Man In Your Life (You Might Be Surprised)

I don’t know you personally, but I can narrow the most influential man in your life down to one of two men. I don’t have a glass ball, and I haven’t stalked your Twitter account, but I know because these two men have been the two most important men in my life, too.

Even though I let you in on lots of guys who have impacted my life over the years in Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, these two men have shaped who I am today infinitely more than Mike, Neil, Jack, Edward, and Jim.

The crazy thing is, no two men have been more impactful in your story, either. No, I’m not talking about your dad or your crush (important as they are). I’m talking about Adam and Jesus Christ.

How Adam Shaped Your Story

Adam lived thousands of years ago. You probably already know he was the first man God created. You can read the highs and lows of Adam’s story here. You might think a man who lived so long ago has nothing to do with your life today, but you’d be dead wrong about that. Romans 5:12 shares how even now Adam impacts your life:

Just as sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

If you want to throw tomatoes at Adam right about now ’cause he blew your chances at a sinless life, think again. The end of Romans 5:12 makes it clear that “all sinned.” Romans 3:23 confirms it: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

There’s no doubt that Adam was the most influential man in your life. His story shaped your story. The question is, is Adam still the most influential man in your life or is Jesus Christ?

How Christ Can Transform Your Story

Romans 5:15–19 shares some amazing news:

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s [Adam’s] trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. . . . For as by the one man’s [Adam’s] disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s [Jesus’] obedience the many will be made righteous.

It’s true that Adam’s story was your story. But Christ Jesus wants to transform your story by giving you new life—His life.

When you are born again in Christ, you receive a brand-new identity. Everything changes—everything becomes new—beginning with you.

Your identity is not volleyball captain or sci-fi nerd or piano prodigy. Your identity is either wrapped up “in Adam” or “in Christ.” And the implications of that identity are huge. Eternal. Forever.

One pastor put it well when he said,

  • In Adam there is defeat, but in Christ there is victory.
  • In Adam there is condemnation, but in Christ there is salvation.
  • In Adam we receive a sin nature, but in Christ we receive a new nature.
  • In Adam we are cursed, but in Christ we are blessed.
  • In Adam there is wrath and death, but in Christ there is love and life.

Which man has been—and is—most influential in your life? Are you in Adam or in Christ?

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