Here’s the verse:
2Timothy 2:2 “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
The rub: It’s easy to find faithful men/women to share the gospel truth with. It is often a nightmarish task to find ones to whom you may commit truth who will over time be able to teach others. And in some cases there are many who have learned, and would be capable, but who refuse to commit themselves to the arduous task of teaching.
What can be done? Well, we have to acknowledge a few obvious realities that must be present in the life of the person under consideration.
- Capability=Keeping in mind the Holy Spirit can enable.
You may have more, but if you can find a person with the above four virtues, you will be on your way to filling a need in your group, even your life.
Paul’s “Rub” in his instruction is really a simple one. Be able to teach others also. Most people can and do learn, but the art of teaching is really to a large degree the ability to lead people into more knowledge and the how of using it effectively for the work at hand.
The original 12 followers of the Lord were not considered paragons of virtue or any of the characteristics modern religious look for in others. The 12, among other things were called ignorant and unlearned by the academia of their day. Notice a key phrase to use was “we search for workers in the Lord’s vineyard:”
Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
The excuse of not having time, is just that, an excuse. Dependability is a matter of choice. With Christ we learn that God is dependable and we also live so as to be counted on by others. Capability is developed by putting our nose and heart in God’s Word, and trusting the Holy Spirit and knowledgeable committed Christians to impart necessary knowledge and example to us as we learn to walk with Jesus.
Responsible believers take charge of their time, talent and treasure and use each in ways that bring glory to the Lord Jesus. I am responsible for the use of the time allotted to me. I am responsible to learn to walk with Jesus. I am responsible to be on time. I am responsible to choose wisely.
If the wise ones of this world take note will it be because we have been with Jesus?
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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