WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3
1 Timothy 4:12-13
“Let no man despise thy youth;
but be thou an example of the believers…”
The third missionary journey was necessary to assess the believers in the churches that the Lord had established. Missions work is not “touch and go,” but “teach and do.” We have to continue teaching and exhorting the people that they may apply what was taught. This requires time and revisitation of the places. However, this will mean a lot to the believers in the missions field. It will encourage them to continue in their faith and be steadfast in their service for the Lord.
Strengthening the disciples: Paul travelled the same overland route which he used during his second missionary journey (Acts 15:41). It was through a narrow mountainous pass called the “Cilician Gates.” He made firm and established the faith of the believers in Galatia and Phrygia. This was done by further teaching them the doctrines of the Christian faith. This confirmed the genuineness of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Strengthened disciples: Acts 18:24-28 is an evidence of strengthened believers. We cannot expect missionaries to remain in a place and be there forever to nurture the believers. The biblical principle in 2 Timothy 2:2 is important for every missions work and church ministry. Having learnt from their teacher Paul, Aquila and Priscilla expounded to Apollos “the way of God more perfectly” (Acts 18:26) when Apollos knew “only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:25).
Paul’s missionary journeys were not in vain as he was zealous in strengthening the believers. Those who were strengthened went on to strengthen others also. Let this be the heart of every believer in the church: to become an instrument in building others up in the faith. Let there be no envy or pride of promoting yourself, having “secret ingredients” so that no one can get ahead of you.
Do you feel insecure when some church members are strengthening others? Or do you not want to grow and are lazy to learn God’s Word leaving the pastor and teachers to do all the work? Both the former and the latter are hindrances to the work of the Lord!
THOUGHT: Am I praying for young believers to grow and mature?
PRAYER: Father, grant me the wisdom to edify my brethren.