“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NIV 1984).
“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5, NIV 1984).
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20, NIV 1984).
“You then, 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).
My Musings – Parting words, things that you say or do as you are leaving a person. The longer the parting, the more significance that is attached to them. If they are the final words you expect to ever hear from that person, they are even more significant. They are words that will likely be long remembered, and perhaps an inspiring call to action.
Jesus’ last words to His disciples boil down to two basic commands (calls to action) — “Be my witnesses” and “Go and make disciples.” While they may not have been his final words, Paul gives similar instruction to his protégé Timothy — “Do the work of an evangelist” and “entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
- Witness – attest to a fact or event.
- Evangelist – preaching or promulgation of the Gospel.
- Disciple – someone who adheres to the teachings of and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.
- Entrust – put something (teaching) into someone’s care or protection.
- Teaching – the act, process, or art of imparting knowledge and skill.
My Advice – Let’s share the Gospel to win those who do not know Christ as their Savior. Let’s connect with young (in the faith) believer’s to help them learn more about and become more like Jesus (reliable, qualified to teach others). You cannot make one (disciple), unless you become one. You cannot become one, unless you believe in The One (be born again).