No parent hopes for their child to grow up to be a criminal with no respect for others. The goal and hope for any parent is to watch their child mature and grow into a strong, well-rounded adult. The same holds true on the spiritual side of things. In discipling another believer, your hope and prayer isn’t that they would fall into sin and disown their faith, but it’s quite the contrary! It’s a joyful thing when someone you’ve spent years with training and discipling grows into a strong, grounded, God-honoring individual that displays Christlikeness in all areas of life.
A person of impact, A.K.A. a disciple maker, is someone who seeks to reproduce the virtues and aspects of Christlikeness in the life of his or her disciple. A person of impact doesn’t only seek to lead others to Christ, but they strive to help those whom they have led to Christ grow to be firm mature believers who will be willing and able to repeat the process.
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:1-2).
The charge from Paul to Timothy to be a person of impact is a command to us as well. The command to GO and make disciples and the charge we see here from Paul to Timothy is not a suggestion from God. It is our duty as followers of Christ.
Timothy was Paul’s Protégé, the person he was privileged to impact. He was Paul’s spiritual son and the reflection of what Paul was as a follower of Jesus. 1st and 2nd Timothy both begin almost the same way with Paul addressing his pupil in the faith, Timothy.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord (1 Timothy 1:1-2).
We are all called to follow this example of Paul and Timothy in both ways. Is there someone in your life who is training, impacting, and discipling you? Are you taking what you have been taught to disciple and impact someone else for the cause of Christ?
Student Ministries Director