I am a strong believer in the fact that Christians should be intentional about investing their lives in relationship with others for the purpose of passing on their faith. I love being a part of this. I enjoy learning from others who have gone before me and I enjoy investing in others.
Some passages that I resonate with in this area are:
Matthew 28:18-20 "...All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
II Timothy 2:2 "...the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
Philippians 3:17 "...Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you."
The list of verses could go on. My favorite book on this matter is Robert Coleman's The master plan of evangelism.
I can be involved in many good things, but if I am not spending time investing in others than I am less than satisfied. In my mind, this is the way to have the greatest impact for the kingdom. This is the way to live on after you die. This is the way to leave a legacy.
I thank God for the people that He has given me the privilege of investing in their lives. I find great joy in seeing them "...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
I am excited to now see some of those people beginning to invest their lives in others. To God be the glory.
What thing really gets you excited about serving God? Do you take time to invest time relationally in people? Tell me your stories or lessons learned along the way.