The world we live in right now is a funny world. We elevate people to rockstar status from a wide variety of platforms that have a little bit of charisma and self-confidence. We see it in just about every single area of life. If you portray the right image in the business world, then you are given influence and power. If you portray the right image in music, you are literally given rockstar status and get to be a judge on a singing show. If you portray the right image in Hollywood, you are given influence and political voice. If you portray the right image in sports, you are given influence and status. Sadly enough, if you portray the “right image” in the church you are given influence and rockstar status there too. In fact it really is a sad state that everywhere you turn, people who have not earned the right to have influence have been given it because of their image.
I would argue that image can gain you influence, but eventually character has to match that image or your influence will quickly be gone. But if your influence is built on character, then your image is one of authenticity and truth. It is the real you. In fact, there is no better you to show people than your authentic self. When you care more about influence than you do about image, God will use you to change the world.