Weekly Devotional

Train Someone to Pray, Care, and Share Jesus

In Jesus’ time, there were no printing presses, no television and no internet. God’s chosen method of spreading the Good News was person to person to person.

Written by Hope on 13/01/2014

"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." 2 Timothy 2:2

Passing it On

In Jesus’ time, there were no printing presses, no television and no internet. God’s chosen method of spreading the Good News was person to person to person.

Jesus Trained His Followers

Jesus’ followers learned mostly by spending time with Him, watching and listening as He taught others. When they were ready, He gave specific instructions and then sent them on a mission: "The Lord now chose 70 other disciples and sent them to all the towns and places He planned to visit" (Luke 10:1).

After His death and resurrection, He again sent out His followers; but this time, He was sending ALL who believed in Him. He said, "As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you" (John 20:21). He was sent to call "those who know they are sinners and need to repent" (Luke 5:32), and "to seek and save those who are lost" (Luke 19:10).

Training to Share Jesus

How we wish we could be with Jesus in person today! Yet He made this stunning claim:
“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Advocate won't come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Believers now have God’s Holy Spirit living within them! God, through His Spirit, speaks to us and teaches us as we read and study His word, the Bible; and guides us in what to say when sharing Jesus with others (Luke 12:11-12).

At its simplest, sharing Christ is just telling others what has happened to us, as the man healed from blindness did in John 9:25: “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

Prayer, Care, and Share Jesus

“Train someone else to make disciples”
2 Timothy 2:2

We invite you to share in the joy of making disciples! Specifically, ask the Lord for five people you can pour your life into. Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:18 did not say to make converts, but to make disciples.

Here are some of the points we’ve discussed in this guide:

  1. Spend time each day praying the blessing, peace and love of the Lord on people you meet or see, places you go to or see, and the tasks that you do.
  2. Choose someone around you who does not know Jesus as Lord and Savior, and start an intentional friendship with the person. Get to know their stories.
  3. Listen to the needs or concerns of people around you, meet their need if you can, and pray that the Lord would meet them in their point of concern.
  4. Tell people the Good News about Jesus. Telling about your own journey of faith is often a good starting point. When someone chooses to follow Christ, stick with them and help them to grow in their faith. Choose five of your friends or acquaintances who have still not accepted Jesus, and disciple them toward salvation.

Pray this week:

That God will guide you in word and action when you teach.

As believers we are all called to 'train others in the way they should go'... how are you intentionally pouring Jesus into those He has brought into your life? Talk to a Christian about how you can disciple well.

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