Its a humbling experience when you have the opportunity to befriend one of your
heroes. For years I had admired and respected Bill Bright, Campus Crusade for
Christs founder and president. He is a man of God with top-notch character and
a passion for leading people to Christ and helping them build a firm foundation
in Him. Its impossible to measure the impact he and his ministries have had for
My life first intersected with Dr. Bright from afar when I was at Indiana
University. It was a persistent Crusade staffer who finally broke through the
walls I had built up to Christianity. Eventually I surrendered to Christ and
stepped onto a path away from the life I had thought I wanted to a life
committed to knowing God and sharing Him. Not only was that great, but I met my
future wife, Cheryl, the first time I attended a Crusade meeting. Hows that for
a divine appointment!
Years later, we had the pleasure of getting to know Bill
and his wife, Vonette, personally. We have prayed with them, wept together
about personal and ministerial challenges and spent time in their home. People
like Bill and Vonette are a great inspiration to us all. They remind us that
God has called each of us to helping other Christians get on board with sharing
Christ. Im happy to salute them, especially during 2001, Campus Crusades 50th
Just as Jesus commissioned us to share Him with the world, He also told us
to pray that others would rise up and go. Then he said to his disciples,
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Matthew
Jesus asks us to do more than share the message ourselves. He wants us to
pray for and mentor others to become on mission Christians.
Here are some principles from Pauls relation-ship with
Timothy that will help us as we seek younger Christians to mentor:
Pray sincerely for them (2 Timothy 1:3). First, pray that
God will lead you to younger Christians who can benefit from your involvement.
As you pray often for new and greater things in their lives, God will give you
a greater love and commitment to those people.
Project a vision (2 Timothy 1:6). Be bold and excited about
how you think God could use them in impacting the world for Christ. Encourage
them to find their own unique shape and approach for sharing Christ. Let them
know you believe in them and their future.
Teach (2 Timothy 3:14-15). Sharing Christ doesnt take years
of classroom training, just the ability to tell your own story about what
Christ has done in your life. Be sure you take the time to explain the biblical
call to evangelism and key scriptures that communicate Gods salvation plan.
Model (1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:2). Be sure to give the
one you are mentoring opportunities to accompany you as you share your faith.
This could be as simple as going out together on your churchs weekly visitation
to first-time visitors or as involved as taking a mission trip together. The
idea is not just to talk about it but to do it!
Activate (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Eventually there came a day
when Paul sent Timothy out on his own for ministry. We must be sure that those
we mentor take ownership and see the importance of taking the initiative to
find those to whom they can minister and mentor themselves. And we must
continue to encourage them to be active in sharing their faith in season and
Of course, before we can help others get into the game, we must have a
passion for reaching the lost ourselves. We cant pass along to others something
we dont personally possess.
Are you using what God has taught you to invest time in others and build
their vision for reaching the world for Christ? Or maybe youre just starting to
realize that God wants you off the sidelines, and you need to find a good coach
who can help you get going. Make a choice today to team up with a fellow
Christian, and together take Christ to those around you.
Bob Reccord is president of the
North American Mission Board, SBC, and author of the book Forged by Fire:
How God Shapes Those He Loves (Broadman
& Holman Publishers, 2000).
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