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READ: 2 Timothy 2:1-13

The
things that you have heard from me . . . , commit these to faithful men
who will be able to teach others also. —2 Timothy 2:2

A man who played double-bass in the
Mexico City Philharmonic told me that the finest instruments are made
of wood that has been allowed to age naturally to remove the moisture.
“You must age the wood for 80 years, then play the instrument for 80
years before it reaches its best sound,” said Luis Antonio Rojas. “A
craftsman must use wood cut and aged by someone else, and he will never
see any instrument reach its peak during his own lifetime.”

Many
important things in life are “next generation” matters—teaching,
training, and parenting are among them. The apostle Paul invested
himself in people whose spiritual influence would continue long after
he was gone. He wrote to Timothy: “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 Tim. 2:2). Paul, Timothy, “faithful men,” and
“others” represent four spiritual generations built on the enduring
foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Are we living only for
today and the short term, or are we giving ourselves to others who will
continue the faith after our race is run? Living for Christ and making
disciples are all about the next generation.

  — David C. McCasland

Day by day perform your mission,
With Christ’s help keep at your tasks;
Be encouraged by His presence—
Faithfulness is all He asks. —Bosch

We influence future generations by living for Christ today.

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