He Entrusted Me With This…

Older man sitting at a coffee table

Almost six years ago, I met a man who would change my life forever. I wasn’t necessarily looking for him but merely happened upon him. Our humble exchange of words led to a wonderful friendship.

He is an older man who had spent his life searching, seeking God in His Word, and his wisdom proved it. While his earthly body grows old and feeble, his spirit of love thrives with vitality. This can be seen especially in the way he loves to disciple others in God’s Word.

Through the years, he would give me the task to study a book of the Bible. I would go off, study on my own, look for the obvious, believe I was done, and go back to show him my work. He would sit and look at my work…then ask, “What about _________?”  In which I would usually reply, “Hmmm, never thought about that.” Then we would do this over and over until he was satisfied that I not only knew the knowledge of the book but that its message made its way to my heart as well.

Time has passed and we still have our friendship, but we can’t sit down like that anymore and just discuss. I am grateful for that time–the hours, the days, the weeks, and the months that he invested in me. An older man pouring into a younger man the wisdom of God: that is discipleship.  It has had a lasting impact on my life.

Why he spent his time doing this has its foundations in the Word as well in the example of Paul and Timothy. 2 Timothy was our favorite book to study together. Read what Paul would encourage Timothy to do with what Paul had given him. 

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. ~ 2 Timothy 2:1-2

What did Paul do with Timothy?

Paul spent time teaching Timothy in the presence of many witnesses.

What was Timothy to do with that?

He was to entrust what he heard to faithful men who could teach others.

In chapter 1, Paul would remind Timothy that he was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and teacher of the gospel. He entrusted this gospel to Timothy, and Timothy was to entrust it to others who would then entrust it to others.

I believe that this is discipleship: entrusting others with the gospel through personal relationship.  

I encourage you either to find someone who can disciple you in God’s Word or to start entrusting the gospel to someone else who will be faithful to the Word. I promise, you won’t regret it.


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