Discipleship of Others

Joel Plantinga

Read: 1 Thessalonians 2

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. (v. 8)

From the moment of your conception, the one thing that sustained you was multiplication. As your cells multiplied at a frenetic pace, you began to take shape until the moment you were born. Even then, essential cell multiplication happened that has led to your body being what it is today. Not only do healthy things grow, but they also multiply.

The apostle Paul had an amazing life. After encountering Jesus, he experienced radical forgiveness and restoration. He traveled all over his world, met incredible people, and saw miracles upon miracles. He preached the gospel with power, overcame persecution, planted churches, and wrote a large part of the New Testament.

But the thing that endured past Paul’s eventual death was the investment he had made in others. When we grow and serve, we are limited by our own lifetime. But when we invest in others, the impact of Christ’s life in us is multiplied and shared for generations beyond us. This brings the impact of our lives from good to great.

Think of the great gift of those who have invested in you and determine that your faith will walk forward as you share the gift with others. Where would you be without those people? Where will others be without your investment? Invest yourself! —Joel Plantinga

Prayer: Lord, please show me the person you want me to invest in. Overcome my fears and lead me in faith. Amen.