Developing A Personal Spiritual Growth Plan-Investing In The Lives Of Others

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Investing in others could also be called discipleship, or it could be called mentoring or it could even be called coaching. All of those words basically mean the same thing.  We are investing in the lives of others when the goal of helping them grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Some important truths regarding investing in the lives of others.

Investing In The Lives Of Others Is Biblical.  “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV) At its core, the Great Commission is a commission to go and make disciples. All believers are meant to be a part of this.

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV) Men are to teach men.

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things–  that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,  to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV) Women are to teach women.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NKJV) Parents are to teach children.

Investing In The Lives Of Others Is A Blessing And A Burden. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,” Galatians 4:19 (NKJV) Investing leads to a burden to see them grow.

For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:3-4 (NKJV) There is great joy when they walk in the truth.

And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.” 2 Corinthians 2:3-4 (NKJV) There can be great pain when they don’t walk in the truth.

My commitment regarding investing in the lives of others:

Here are some tips to ensure that your commitment is truly a commitment that helps you grow in godliness.

Your commitment should be specific. Specific commitments are always better than general commitments. To make commitments specific, they must explain exactly what is expected.

Your commitment should be measurable. The idea here is that if a commitment is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether you are making progress toward successful completion. Measuring progress is supposed to help you stay on track and keep your commitment.

Your commitment should be attainable. This stresses the importance of commitments that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable commitment should stretch you in order to achieve it, the commitment is not extreme. The commitment should be challenging but attainable. In the end, unattainable commitment will discourage you and keep you from keeping your commitment.

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