January 20, 2015 – Teaching the Next Generation

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“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men” –The Apostle Paul

Walter Lipman said, “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others the conviction and will to carry on.”  If we are not mentoring, training, helping, and serving the next generation, we are limiting our influence to the temporary terrain of today, the here and now.  Spiritual influence is rarely measured in the lifespan of a particular man; it is rather measured in the lives of those he touched after he is dead and gone.  We place a lot of emphasis on living long, but do we long to live wide?

The apostle Paul accentuated this idea when he said, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).  Here we find the prevailing reason why we must invest in others.  We are to preserve a body of doctrine, a body of truth.

We teach others so that truth is known in each generation.   This is more than preserving your personal heritage or perpetuating your personal empire. Your duration in the Kingdom of God is contingent upon your donation to the Kingdom of God.  Truth, God’s truth must be accentuated, taught, and passed down to those who will eventually take your place.  We simply point them in His direction, we lead them to His truth, we train them in His knowledge.  Anything more than that is prideful, anything less than that is vanity.


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