PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Moses did it!
Elijah did it!
Jesus did it!
Paul did it!
Are you doing it?
Right about now you are thinking, what do these four famous people from Bible history have in common? What did they each do?
Moses equipped and empowered Joshua!
Elijah equipped and empowered Elisha!
Jesus equipped and empowered the Apostles!
Paul equipped and empowered Timothy and Titus!
They all trained up and passed on authority to younger leaders; they passed the baton!
One of my favorite leadership verses in the Bible is 2 Timothy 2:2, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men [Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women] who will be able to teach others also.”
Paul gave Titus a very similar command in today’s Bible reading, “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (Titus 1:5). Paul has passed the baton to Titus so that Titus will pass the baton to others who are qualified to lead (see Titus 1:6-9). [Geek note: this section is similar to 1 Timothy 3 for which I wrote a devotion called “The Heart of Choosing Christian Leaders” (You can read this blog at http://www.newcastlefbc.com/2017/03/04/the-heart-of-choosing-church-leadership/).]
This was a command given by Paul to Timothy; it is an active ongoing command of God’s Word, just like the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20. In other words, you may start as the person who is on the receiving end of the command (someone teaches you and trains you), but then as you mature you are called to be on the giving end of the command (you are to teach and train up others). You are not supposed to stay on the receiving end! Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give, than to receive” and that is not just a gift-giving verse, it is a life verse (Acts 20:35).
If you say that you are not being fed it is because you have not grown up yet! You may have gained a base of knowledge that has given you an insatiable appetite for knowledge, but the reason you are not being fed is because you are not designed to eat and eat and eat; that will only make you sick (the Bible calls it the sickness of being “puffed up” …prideful)! You are designed to pass the baton to others. If you want to grow up, you must do what Moses, Elijah, Jesus, and Paul did! You must pass it on; train up others, teacher others what you have been taught; pass the baton!
Make disciples of new converts! You and your spouse can be a mentor couple to a younger couple getting married or recently married! Be a Titus 2 woman! Work in your church’s youth ministry or children’s ministry! Start a mentor ministry in your church to pass on Bible truths and principles to other people!
Churches cannot be satisfied with evangelism ministries alone. Yes, we must go out and win souls, but we also are called to the ministries of discipleship by training those new Christians in the Word of God to do the same. Christians do not grow up to maturity by sitting them in a pew; they need someone to invest in them personally! The Great Commission’s emphasis in the original language is not on “go”, but on “make disciples”; that is the imperative of Jesus’s Great Commission! This is for each of us, not just the church leaders, but for all who have been called into Christ.
I make the argument from the Word of God alone, but my 20 years of Christian experience resonate it as true in the real world, that if you are not making disciples you are stunting your spiritual maturity. It’s time to grow up!
It’s time to pass on the baton of your faith and all that others have poured into you! I cannot speak for other preachers and pastors, but as for me, I write a devotion on a chapter from Scripture almost every day and I write a sermon almost every week: NOT for myself, but so that others can grow up in their faith. I share it all freely so that you can share what I teach! It belongs to God! Jesus is calling you to maturity. That is my prayer for you and for His Church!
Please get involved with the ministry of passing on the baton! Make time and prioritize it! I beg of you to do this, there is someone out there who needs you more than you can imagine. They and the generations through them will be blessed, and you will be doubly blessed!