Preparing God's People
Today's memory verse: "It was He who gave some to be ... pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." (Ephesians 4:11-12)
"I can do it myself!"
So ... have you ever said that to your parents ... sometimes loudly?
Want to know a secret? Your parents may have said those words to their parents, too.
As we grow up we want to do things for ourselves. And actually, that is what parents want for their children. Tie your own shoes, clean your own room, and a whole bunch of other things ... some we enjoy and some we don't like so much.
Can you think of some times when you just wanted to say, "I can do that myself?"
In 2 Timothy 2:2, God gives Paul instructions to pass on to Timothy: "What you have learned, pass on to faithful men so that they can teach others also." Paul taught Timothy so that Timothy could "do it himself." But, now Timothy must teach others so they "can do it themselves," and they are to teach still more...
This is what your parents want for you... to learn about God so you can follow Him on your own. Are you making progress?
Sometimes churches say, "We can do this ourselves!"
Many missionaries from Europe and North America went out to start new churches in places that did not know Jesus. But these new churches "grow up." God has given them pastors and teachers. So now the churches in India and Colombia and China ... in fact, churches all over the world ... are saying, "We want to do it ourselves!" "We want to send our own missionaries to reach others in our own country who do not yet know Jesus."
Talk about it: How are the dollars and coins you are putting in your suitcase helping India's church to "do it themselves"? What special ways is God using in India to help prepare His people there to tell others about Jesus?