Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Time Well Spent

Read John 3.22-36

After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing.
(John 3:22)

One of the primary methods Jesus used to develop the disciples was to simply spend time with them (Mk 3.14). They were with Him as He ate, walked, performed miracles, taught, in the cities, on the water, and in the wilderness. They saw Jesus in every part of life. By the end, His influence was evident; Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

Most of us can’t hang out with the people we are discipling 24/7. We have jobs, husbands, wives, kids and other responsibilities. Our discretionary time is limited. But we can still maximize our time with those we are mentoring. I have found that when I see a guy at least four times a week, I usually have a pretty significant impact in his life. That may seem like a lot, but let’s break it down. I see him at Chapel , next at the leader’s Bible study, later in the week at the outreach Bible study and then for one on one time at lunch. Four times in a week. That’s a good goal to shoot for with a busy schedule. Want to maximize your time even more? Move the guy into your spear bedroom. Deb and I have been doing this for a few years now and the pay off for time invested is huge. But not everyone can move people into their home. So just practice the principle the best you can; more time equals more influence. FJ27

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