“The handoff in life is really important”!
You can be the most talented person on the track or the runner with the most experience, but if you can’t hand off the baton to a teammate you can’t win the race! The hand off is really important!
Again this year in the Olympics, we witnessed the unexpected when the USA track team failed to pass the baton in the women’s 4 x 100 relay. As Felix came into the handoff zone she was encroached upon by a Brazilian runner and the baton failed to reach the hand of Gardner and fell to the ground. Because of the encroachment, the USA team was able to run again and qualify for the finals. You can be the fastest team, but if you fail to make the hand off, you can’t win the race.
The same is true in the Christian life! Handing off our faith is the most important part of our Christian walk. Most of us, however, think of our Christian faith in terms of “me and God”, right?! But, what if we started to think of our faith as a “hand off” to family and friends? What if our Christian faith was not just about “me and God”, but God, me, and specific people in my life?
That’s why Jesus focused so much on discipleship in the Gospels (Matthew 4:19). And Paul taught Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
So what are we trying to hand off?
What’s the goal of discipleship?
The goal of discipleship is to handoff our faith in Christ Jesus and spread a love for God and neighbor that is demonstrated by a life completely committed to God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
What does discipleship looks like?
1. Parenthood – Paul was a spiritual parent to Timothy (1 Tim 1:2)
2. Pace-setting — Paul was a pacesetter for Timothy and many
others. (2 Timothy 3:10-11)
3. Partnership — Eventually Paul became a partner to Timothy.
Timothy had joined Paul on his 2nd missionary journey (Acts 16-20). Paul later sent him to settle problems in Corinth (1 Cor 4:17, 16:10). He led the church in Ephesus (1 Tim 1:3) and was a co-writer with Paul (1 Thess 1:1, 2 Thess 1:1, Philemon 1).
Jesus had disciples! Paul chose Timothy as his “son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2). Who are you discipling? Who’s following in your foot steps as you follow in the footsteps of Jesus? (1 Corinthians 11:1)