6 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
2 Timothy 2:2 (CSB)
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
As we continue to make our way through the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, we hear the author speak over and over of the futility of life. As Solomon explores one thing after the other in hopes of finding purpose, he concludes that everything “under the sun” (a phrase that appears 29 times in the book) is meaningless.
Fortunately, the writer doesn’t leave us in our despair. He tells us that meaning in life comes from enjoying life while obeying and enjoying God (Ecclesiastes 2:24–26; 12:13-14). Everything is meaningless “under the sun” but if we look above the sun to our God, then we find purpose and meaning.
So, what is an activity that we can engage in to give us a sense of purpose? What activity can we engage in “under the sun” that enables us to join God in what He desires to do so that our life won’t be meaningless?
Answer: Mentor someone. Jesus would call it “making disciples.”
And that’s what we see in our Bible reading today in 2 Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:2 (CSB): “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
While the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to a pastor, this isn’t only pastors’ work. It is something that Jesus told every believer to do.
Matthew 28:18-19 (CSB): “Jesus came near and said to them, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, …'”
When we hear Jesus calling us to “make disciples” or Paul calling us to teach others what we have heard and learned from God’s Word, it means the same thing. It simply means that we have learned some things along the way of God’s Word and God’s ways. So, we pass on what we’ve learned so that those coming after us don’t have to make the same mistakes and take so long to learn what it means to live for Jesus.
If you are a Jesus-follower, I want to encourage you to find one person who you can “pour yourself into.” If they are willing, meet with them for about an hour a week. Take your Bible and probably a good, biblical book to read and discuss with your protege. Share with them some truths out of God’s Word and lessons you’ve learned. Be ready and willing to answer their questions and offer your support, especially your prayer support, as your relationship develops.
If you need some insight into how it works, or motivation to get started, I would encourage you to watch “War Room.” I watched it again with my family a couple of days and it is well worth your time. It will inspire you to reinvigorate your prayer life and to find someone to mentor.
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Lord Jesus, I want my life to count. I want to have a purpose for getting up in the morning and a reason to lay my head down on my pillow at night with happiness in my heart. So, Lord, lead me to someone that I can disciple, someone that I can share what I have learned in my life’s journey. I want to help someone do so much better at following you than I have. Help me to make a disciple, Lord. Amen.