“You have often heard me teach. Now I want you to tell these same things to followers who can be trusted to tell others”
(2 Timothy 2:2 CEV).
The glorious Gospel of the blessed God has been committed to our trust (1Timothy 1:11). This is a trust you must not betray! The same things you’ve heard and learnt about the Gospel must be shared with others. When God saves you, He makes you His partner in saving others, and also gives you the responsibility to disciple them and make them soul winners too.
You’re responsible both for leading people to Christ, and also for ensuring they’re grounded in the Church as soul winners. This makes you a VIP—a “very important personality” with God—because you care about what He cares about the most—soul winning. Growing up as a young Christian, there were those God placed on my path to help build my faith, and teach me to pray. Today, after many years, I’ve helped many others build their faith, discover and live in their inheritance in Christ; and am still at it.
That’s the principle; you’re saved to save others. You’re built to build others. Don’t get comfortable just being on the receiving end. As believers, the ministry of reconciliation is our collective, as well as our individual responsibility: “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”(2 Corinthians 5:19).
Imagine how many more people we can all reach together with the Gospel if we all took up the responsibility of soul winning to our best and fullest potentials! Take discipleship seriously. You have to strengthen other saints to do the work of the ministry. Don’t be the one always needing strengthening. Help build the faith of others to become more effective in doing God’s work.
If you aren’t responsible yet for the spiritual development of other believers, ensure you begin participating in the soul winning activities organized in your local assembly. If you’re already involved in building and helping to train others, keep at it. Reach out to more people, so that at the end of the day, you’ll be able to confidently say to the Master: “Lord, for all that I received, here’s what I did with it.” And then He’ll say: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”
thank you for saving me, and making me your partner in saving others as well. Not only am I a labourer in the field, I’m also effective in ensuring that other labourers are working and winning souls so that we can reap a plenteous harvest for the master,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:25-27