Former procrastinators, I cannot begin to express my deep gratitude for the three women who invested in me over the years. Although I geographically moved away from each one, we grew closer as we maintained friendship and they continued to counsel and pray for me. We also grew closer as I began to learn to do in the lives of others what they had done for me.
“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.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Paul instructed Timothy to teach others what Paul was teaching him. And on it goes to build the kingdom.
“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” I Thessalonians 2:19
“For now we really live if you are standing fast in the Lord.” I Thessalonians 3:8
The Lord chose us to bear fruit that lasts (John 14:16) Our investment in others contributes to their progress and joy in the faith. (Philippians 1:25)
Shortly after I was saved I began meeting with the first godly woman who took me underwing. Sadly, many new believers are baptized and “left to drip dry on the pew” as someone said. They don’t know where to start as new Christians. We can come alongside them to help establish them in the faith. The posts this month give some basic ideas for that.
Not everybody is at the beginning stage of growth. But we all benefit at any age from having a wise person with whom we meet on a regular basis for time in the Word, prayer, counsel. It’s also helpful to simply spend time together sharing chores, projects, events – where life is lived out.
Consider saying “yes” to God in this area. Ask, be the initiator, whether the older or younger one of the pair. There are many reasons to delay; there are many more benefits if you say “yes.” It’s an investment with great rewards.
Who might you ask – younger or older – to meet with you?