“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, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Not everyone has the opportunity to see the fruits of their labor they way I have. Two years ago I met a sweet girl (T!) at CCF who was finishing up her sophomore year at FSU. We struck up a friendship, she confided in me about some tough things that were going on in her life, and we became close. That Fall I asked her to pray about beginning a formal discipleship relationship with me where we would study the Bible and spiritual disciplines, as well as just “share life” together. She agreed and we did. A surprise to me, as much as I helped her to grow and to get through some hard times in life, she was able to do the same for me. The growth I have seen in her has been incredible. This semester she got to lead a D1 or discipleship small group at CCF and has had the opportunity to pour into the hearts and lives of a group of girls at CCF. She has used much of what she has learned on her own and during our time together to help those girls grow.
A few weeks ago we had a baptism service at CCF and one of the girls in her group (Allie!) got baptized. Allie was very nervous when sharing her testimony before the group. My heart was melted when I saw Allie give a quick glance to T for reassurance. With a sweet smile which seemed to say “You’re doing great,” Allie was able to continue. Then, T got to help perform Allie’s baptism. This was such a sweet moment for me! I wept at the sight of a girl who had come so far in 2 short years, who sees herself as much less than capable a lot of times, having led another to the cross. Although I barely knew Allie it was so cool to see what I had poured into T being poured out to Allie! More importantly, to see the proof that God uses even the weakest and imperfect people, as long as they are willing.
That same baptism service, a girl named Carol was baptized for the first time. Three weeks later, she baptized another girl who had made a commitment to Christ and whom she had had an impact on. What a sweet moment, once again, to see God using the faithful and willing, even if they don’t seem the most “capable.” This is what God requires of us: to be willing. I see this time and time again in our ministry when one pours into another who pours into another and another. This is the Gospel at it’s finest and the reproduction of God’s people. Sometimes, you don’t get to see your willingness reproduced but, rest assured, when you are living aligned with the Great Commission, you are reproducing.