Somebody Loves You - August 26, 2018

SUNDAY August 26, 2018

Making Disciples

And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.
1 Corinthians 16:10-11

Paul taught another important aspect of ministry––not only stewardship with money, but also good stewardship with people. They were to be seen as yet another opportunity in ministry. Paul’s main focus in ministry was other people and for souls to be saved.

Paul poured himself into others. He was training a young disciple named Timothy who was called into the ministry. Paul was like a father to him. Paul sent Timothy to visit the believers in Corinth. He told the Corinthians that when Timothy arrived, they needed to accept him with open arms. They should treat him right and love him.

The Corinthians should not despise Timothy or strive with him. He should not be made to feel inferior because he was young. They needed to let him be freely used by the Lord. He loved the Lord. Timothy really wanted to do ministry, and he should be allowed to teach them the Word of God.

Timothy would journey to see Paul (2 Corinthians 1:1). Can you imagine how excited Paul must have been? Once Timothy arrived to see him, they would become a great team together, doing the work of the Lord.

Like Paul, have you taken the time to disciple a young person and help equip them for the work of the ministry? We need to pour our lives into the lives of the young. One day we shall be gone; they are the Church of tomorrow––the next generation. Prayerfully ask God to help you be a good steward with all the lives of those around you.

The making of a disciple means the creating of a duplicate.
~Juan Carlos Ortiz~

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