My grandson is learning to drive. He has his driving permit which means he can drive, but he has to have an adult licensed driver in the car with him. I was speaking out of town, so I thought, “I’ve got a great idea. I’ll let him drive the four-hour trip and I’ll work on my message.” He’ll get some driving time under his belt and I’ll get some study time for myself. This is the classic “win-win situation.”
I need to tell you he is a responsible young man and a very careful driver, though inexperienced. Only a few moments passed, and then it dawned on me. I have a responsibility to use this opportunity to help him become a better driver. As much as I could have used the time for myself, my safety and his improvement as a driver was at stake. So I stayed alert and engaged with his driving. It was a great time for both of us.
Here’s a spiritual impact this had on me. We have a serious responsibility to train and guide the next generation of Christ-followers. We cannot give away this mandate. Jesus put it this way, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Of course, it’s easier to not do anything, to fail to engage with other Christians, to do nothing to help people grow in their faith. But Jesus’ words are specific. We must make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded. That’s a “hands-on” mandate. Glad my grandson taught me this truth on our trip…maybe he did the same for you.