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::Devotional:: ‘A Man Needs To Be Trained To Lead’

September 14, 2010

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was 10-years old and decided I wanted to play football.  I was the momma’s boy of all momma’s boys and I had zero experience when it came to the game of football.  I didn’t know which pad went where or what strap strapped what.  Clueless would be an understatement.  However, over the course of the next eight years of my life I was trained by men who knew the game inside and out.  I was not simply told to be a football player, I was painstakingly trained to be one.  A man is the same way. He can’t simply be told to be a leader in his home, at his job, or within the church – he must be trained to lead.

My heart is burdened for two things when it comes to spiritual matters; the Bible and discipleship.  I believe we need more focus on teaching folks how to read and study the word as well as more folks willing to be obedient to the word and teach others how to do so.

Key Point 4 – Training Purpose

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  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 28:18-20 (The Great Commission)

Jesus commands us to make disciples and disciples can’t be mass produced.  Disciples aren’t made in seminars or through the latest Bible study book.  They are made when one man invests his time and energy into another for the sole purpose of mutual growth in Christ.

I believe it was John Maxwell who explained discipleship when he said, “I’ll do it and you watch me – then we’ll do it together – next you’ll do it and I’ll watch you – and finally you can then go teach it to someone else.”

We lack male leadership in the church today because we lack disciple makers.  I would have never learned how to play football if all someone ever did was tell me what I needed to do instead of showing me.

If you have the opportunity, make a hands-on investment in someone.  Train a man to lead. Go and make disciples.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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