II Timothy 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

The most common complaints that are heard when missionaries are encouraged to train leaders are: “It takes longer to train someone else to do it than it does to just do it yourself! They can never do it as well as I can! If you want it done right you will have to do it yourself! What happens if I invest all that time, effort and money in training someone and then lose them. I will have just wasted my time or lost all of my effort.” Thank God that most parents do not take this attitude with their children. If they had taken this attitude there would be no trained adults! Our children would be unable to lead their families, our churches, and the ministries God gives them. It is true that there is a risk of losing all of our investment but our goal is not to conserve our work and energy but to extend His work and kingdom. It is also true that the investment to train someone is definitely more difficult than just doing the work oneself but the Scriptures give us specific instructions in Ephesians 4:11 and following to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry. Therefore it is not the missionaries’ job to do the work but to prepare others to do the work. They may never do the work as well as the missionary but if they can get to even 60% of the trainers ability then it only takes 2 to be producing 20% more than the trainer.It has to be a fair statement that Jesus could have easily used any of the common missionary complaints but He didn’t. He, God in human flesh, had to deal with the apostles. He took 3.5 years to train them. He got frustrated with them and their inconsistency, lack of desire, lack of faith, lack of understanding, etc but He persisted until they were so well trained that they could literally affect the entire world in one life time. It sure took Him longer to train the apostles than it would have taken Him to do it! It is certain that no one could do anything as well as He could! I am certain that He could have thought that to have it done right He would have to do it Himself but He trained them! He also knew what it was like to invest so much time and love in His treasurer and have him turn out bad and then betray Him. But He trained men.

He left us an example to follow! Train men and women to do the gospel work!Subscribe to World Evangelism Devotional by Email