Influence implies power to affect persons or events, especially power based on prestige. It also means “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command” (Merriam-Websters 11th Collegiate Dictionary).
Joseph of Arimathaea, who was given access to the body of Jesus after the crucifixion, was a man of influence. The disciples didn’t have as much influence as he did. As a Christian, you’ve been called to be a person of influence in your world. You’ve been chosen to make great impact in your generation for God, and you don’t have to be an ordained minister to do this. Don’t think in terms of titles; think in terms of function. Ask yourself, “How can I affect my environment today?”
Make up your mind not to live an ordinary life. God needs you to be a person of influence, so you can speak for the Church, the body of Christ.