Back to Reach • Devotion #1: Teaching How to Teach
Jared Bruder | Growth Intern
There are people that go to college and major in teaching. This basically means that they go to college to be taught how to teach. I am one of those people. Teaching was my minor in college. In my teaching classes, the goal was to teach me how to teach others. Parents have the same goal when raising their children. They teach them, hopefully, how to be good parents so that they can one day teach their children how to be good parents and so the process will continue.
The Christian life brings with it the same purpose. We reach the lost, they gather with the believers, they grow spiritually, and then they are taught how to go back and start the process over again. I had a professor in college that explained this concept by saying we were not to make disciples, but we are to make disciple makers. Jesus did this with His disciples. The final command Jesus gave here on earth was, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus commanded His disciples to go make disciples. Jesus had taught them and then He wanted them to teach others.
This process continued down to Paul teaching Timothy and continues even today with you and me. We are to learn the Bible, and we, as Jesus’ followers, are to go and teach others. Reaching others with the Gospel and then teaching them how they can reach more is vital to the Christian life. We live in a world dying without God. The more Christians we have that will reach the world, the more people can come to know God just as you and I do. This process does not end: reach, gather, grow, and go back to reach. Let us join to reach this world with the love of Christ.