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The Great Commission is our joyful obligation as disciples of Jesus. Just as someone brought the Gospel to you, so should you bring the Gospel to others. Not all of us have the gift of preaching, but we can all be engaged in evangelism. St. Francis of Asi Asi said to speak the Gospel wherever you go and use words when necessary.

I have been a member of Gulf South Men, a regional men’s ministry, for several years. We have hosted several Iron Sharpens Iron events throughout the South. I feel blessed to have played a small role in watching so many men give their lives to Christ for the first time during these events.

Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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A Spiritual Health Check Up –  How is Your Discipleship?

“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 NIV).

Our health is very important to us.  Many of us try to watch what we eat and try to exercise.  We go to the doctor each year for a flu shot and an annual check-up.   There has been an increased awareness in recent years regarding the need for mental health awareness.   Our mental health is related to our physical health.  I wonder if we give our spiritual health the same attention as we do our physical and mental health?  I see our overall health as a three-legged stool:  mental, physical, and spiritual, and they are all equally important and equally dependent on each other.

For many of us, when we think of our spiritual health, we think of prayer, service, witness, tithes, worship, and Scripture.  These are all good things, but hopefully they are all equipping you as a disciple.  If you claim to be a Christian and are not engaged in discipleship, your faith is lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). 

A Christian is a disciple of Jesus and is committed to bringing others to Jesus.  To do so, we must be in community with others.  This sense of community not only brings others to Christ but strengthens our discipleship and our spiritual health. 

Paul was an author of many of the books of the New Testament.  He was a mature Christian that was dedicated to raising up Christian disciples and leaders in the new Church.  Timothy traveled with Paul and was mentored by him.

It is important for us all to have a “Paul” and a “Timothy” in our life.  A “Paul” is typically an older mentor, has been a Christian longer than you, and helps you to grow spiritually.   A  “Timothy” is somebody who hasn’t been a Christian as long as you and you are helping to disciple and encourage them.   I am a “Paul” and “Timothy” for some men, and some men serve these roles for me.  These roles not only help my personal discipleship but also honor God by growing His kingdom.  Also, having these people in my life builds up my support team and helps my spiritual health.  Ecclesiastes 4:12 teaches us, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul writes to Timothy: “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.”  We see God’s plan for discipleship in this verse.  Paul wants Timothy to find somebody to mentor.  If Christian leaders don’t raise up new Christian leaders, then who will?  Who will help us with our spiritual health?  Who will help mentor and encourage the next generation of disciples?  Find a Paul and a Timothy and be a Paul and a Timothy.  Be blessed as you are a blessing to others.

Prayer:  Dear God:  We thank you for those that have walked before us such as Paul and Timothy.  Thank you for the peace that we have through the Bible.  Help us dear God to both find and be a Timothy and Paul.

Meet the Author

Todd Shupe is a Men’s Ministry Specialist under the direction of the General Commission of United Methodist Men and is concurrently in training to become a Lay Minister under the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He enjoys writing inspirational Christian blogs at ToddShupe.com and Todd-Shupe.com .