My Musings – Such is Paul’s description of two of his disciples. People he had invested his life in. In his early ministry, Barnabas had risked his reputation and took this former persecutor of the Church under his wing and ministered with him. Paul, in turn, invested in the lives of others. When He could not go, he sent these two. They had been mentored, now it was their turn to “pay it forward.” And it’s been going on just like this for nearly 2,000 years.
In the above passage, Paul described the product of discipleship (genuine, proven, service, fellowship, commitment). In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul described the process of discipleship. “You then, [Timothy] my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV 1984).
But we should never think that it is only a one-way street. Near the end of his ministry Paul summoned another of his disciples. One who stumbled early on and for a time was cast away by Paul. “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:11, NIV 1984). One who Paul once considered not helpful at all was now considered helpful. Once considered a bad investment, now an investment paying dividends. Investing in others and letting others invest in us. Iron sharpening iron.
My Advice – Grow in Christ by letting others help you and helping others do the same. It’s proven pattern.
Today’s musing was inspired by Pastor Nate Miller’s sermon on October 13, 2019. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you too.