Focal passage: 2 Timothy 2:1-2; 3:10-17
I was a Registered Nurse before I was a pastor. In my final semester of nursing school, I had to do a preceptorship. I came alongside a particular practicing nurse.
He trained me using a specific set of standards – standard nursing practice and hospital specific standards. He would show me what to do. Then, he would let me do it while he watched.
Finally, he would release me to do it on my own. In a sense, I was his disciple – learning, watching, growing and doing.
Paul did the same for Timothy, his son in the faith.
After leading him to Christ, he walked with him, taught him and sent him to go and do the same thing with others.
Paul and Timothy weren’t just “hanging out.” They were “hanging out with a purpose.”
Paul brought Timothy close, in the context of relationship, for the purpose of helping him to grow in Jesus and to then be sent out to serve Jesus by making future generations of disciples.
Notice at least four generations of disciples in 2 Timothy 2:2 – Paul, Timothy, those Timothy will teach and those they will then go and teach.
Paul’s discipling of Timothy was not based on Paul’s ideas or preferences, but rather on the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Paul was discipling Timothy by teaching him to “observe all that [Christ] commanded” (Matthew 28:19). Timothy would then go and do the same.
There is no room in following Jesus for spiritual “Lone Rangers.” We all need others to help us grow. We need to help others grow as well.
Do you have someone discipling/mentoring you toward following Jesus? If not, pray for God to help you find someone.
Watch for someone whose life speaks, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Ask them if they would walk along with you and help you to grow in knowing and obeying Jesus. Then, ask God to show you someone for whom you can do the same, for His glory and the advance of His Kingdom.