And 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.
–2 Timothy 2:2
When I was in high school, I asked one of the wise ladies in our church, “What is the goal of your life?” Without hesitation, she answered, “When I die, I want to hear Jesus say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’” (c.f. Matthew 25). She did not focus on being rich or having a happy life or a picture-perfect family. She wanted to be faithful to Jesus. I’ve carried her message with me throughout my life.
If you’ve been at AABC for any length of time, hopefully it’s been clear that what Jesus wants is for us to be disciple-makers (c.f. Matthew 28:19–20). We believe intentional relationships that are pursued in Connect and Multiply Groups are key to becoming and being disciple-makers. We need Pauls in our lives building into us like this wise lady did for me. We need Barnabases in our lives encouraging and walking alongside us. We need Timothys in our lives to entrust Jesus and His teachings to.
I’ve been blessed to have many Pauls build into me, Barnabases to encourage me and Timothys to entrust the wisdom entrusted to me. I am forever thankful that the Lord has blessed me with these relationships. They have brought me so much joy, and I pray that you too can experience a similar joy.
AABC family, we want you to be Pauls and to have Barnabases and Timothys. Leading your own Connect or Multiply Group is a great way to pursue these relationships. We have an upcoming Connect and Multiply Leaders Training to guide you on the joyful journey of disciple-making: to be a Paul and to find a Barnabas and a Timothy.
For more info and to register for the upcoming Connect and Multiply Leaders Training, please click here.
AABC family, my prayer for you (and for myself) is that at the end of your life, you will hear Jesus say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”