February 27, 2018
Read 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)
1Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
Leading in Christ Strength
I remember as a young banker, two mentors took me under their wing and showed me the ropes. I graduated near the top of my class, but I needed men with practical experience to help me grow. I was sure I knew a lot, but I was radically inexperienced and largely unaware of what I didn’t know. It took an investment from more mature men to shape a not so humble and receptive younger me. They persisted and shared what they knew I didn’t know.
Young Timothy was not born a leader. An older man named Paul built a mentoring relationship with him. Paul invested in Timothy to develop his heart and mind to lead the church at Ephesus. This is the way leaders are made. Mentors, more mature men and women invest in younger men and women to pass on the gift of grace and the lessons of life.
The body of Christ, just like any family, needs godly mature people to show the way. The church needs us to invest in each other, to build one another up. Most especially we need mature folks to pour their hearts into the younger folks around us. We hope they welcome growing in faith and using their gifts to serve the Kingdom, but they rarely will if no one shares and invests in them.
Judges 2:10-12 shares the sad story of faith lost and evil taking root because one generation did not share with the next.
“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel . . . forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them.”
It took only one generation to lose the spiritual legacy that should have been passed on.
Who told you about Christ? Who showed you how to read the Bible? Who showed you how to manage the affairs of a home and navigate relationships and work? Maybe you need someone to help and maybe you had a great mentor.
The question is are you willing to invest in a child, a student, a younger adult and be a mentor? Are you willing to learn from a more mature person, humbly? It is a great kindness to invest in another person and share what has been shared with you. Without this, we are prone to repeat Israels mistakes and learn some hard lessons. But if we will pass on the grace we have received, we will make a significant difference in the family of God.
Father, give me a heart to share the grace and wisdom you’ve given me with another person and give me a humble heart to receive from others as well. May the kindness you have shown me in the lessons of life flow kindly and intentionally from me today. AMEN.