Monday, July 6th

Are You Still in the Nest?

On May 12th, a small item made the news: a family of Canada geese had taken up residence on the roof of the Outdoor Centre on the University of Calgary’s campus. The young goslings were ready to leave the nest; “Mom and Dad” were down below, coaxing and encouraging their children to come and join them. But the drop seemed too much for the little ones.

Complicating the whole thing, was the danger of those small fledgling geese landing on hard pavement. So the staff and other well-wishers went to work and completely surrounded the building with soft pads and mattresses that would protect their fall to freedom.

Would they do it? Could they take that plunge? It was clear that the little birds were uneasy, frightened at the danger, and nervous about leaving the safety of the familiar nest on the roof. As people watched the drama unfold, the goslings finally dropped, one by one, and each landed safely, ready to take on the next challenge of life.

As Paul writes to Timothy, his beloved son in the faith, he urges Timothy to join him in suffering. It’s not going to be easy for Timothy as his mentor, friend, and spiritual father is ready to depart from this life; Paul is being poured out as a drink offering; the time of his departure is at hand, and, true to his passion and his calling, Paul is concerned about passing the baton of ministry to young Timothy. He knows that Timothy is ready so he writes this letter to encourage and urge Timothy to take the next step. Timothy has a role to play in guarding the treasure entrusted to him and in passing it on to other faithful men who will, in turn, pass it on (1:14; 2:2). Paul has poured into his life and now it’s time for Timothy to ‘leave the nest.’

Of course, as we think about why Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, we once again look at our own lives. As I think about this, I can’t help but think on the new role that I have here in Brantford, and I think about the purpose of Precept Ministries: we want to equip others to handle the Word of God, and to pass it on in discipling others, so that all of us grow together as we serve the church.

But it goes beyond the formal teaching and training of the ministry here. Each and every one of us needs to ask ourselves: Who are we bringing along in the faith? Who are we intentionally equipping to lead the next generation – to step out of the nest and ‘fly?’ Who can we look at and say, “Don’t be ashamed. Don’t be timid. It’s time to take the baton from my hand and fulfill your ministry.” What a great responsibility for each of us, and what great joy it brings as we develop discipling relationships. How do you see your role in the body of Christ as mentor and ‘baton-passer?’ How do you encourage your ‘goslings’ to leave the nest and fly?

In Christ,

Lisa

5 Comments, RSS

  • Marguerite Meland

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    July 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    I’m so glad to be joining this Bible study. I have led many precept studies, but now in our small community I can not find anyone who wants or has time for Bible studies. So, for the first time in over 25 years have no Bible studies to lead. I love 2 Timothy and am eager to join with you all in this wonderful book.
    I have someone I’ve discipled who is ready to carry on in this ministry. She is moving at the end of the summer. I want to have a good discussion with her about ‘Guarding the Treasure and to use 2 Timothy as a reference to encourage her.
    I haven’t figured out the live stream or Skype business meetings for Wednesday, but with help I’ll hopefully work it out. Thanks for doing this study.

    • Lisa

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      July 6, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Welcome, Marguerite. I am so glad that you’ve joined us for this Summer challenge. 2 Timothy is a great tool to encourage us to carry on when we feel as if we are standing alone, to persevere in fulfilling our ministry wherever God has placed us, and in passing the baton of guarding the truth to others. It thrills me to know that you are doing just that.
      As far as getting involved with the Wednesday discussions, you just have to register online, if you haven’t already done so. Once you register, you’ll receive a link for the class that you’ve joined. If you need help with the technical details, please either call or email, and we (and by ‘we’ I mean Terry, our IT expert) will help you with that. I will get in touch with you privately on Tuesday to see how you’re doing with that part of this adventure. 🙂

  • Barb Rogelstad

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    July 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    To Marguerite: Please take a look at the upcoming Precept Online Bible Studies. Jude PUP is starting tomorrow ~ Thurs. July 9th and more Onlines will be posted on the Precept website for the fall. We would never want you to be alone in your studies of God’s Word. There is great blessing, as you know, in gathering together with others. There are some who register for Online Bible Studies who live in remote areas and with good internet connectivity it is like talking to someone next door! An awesome time of learning more about His Word and applying it to your life. God bless you as you seek His will for your life.

  • Donna Ross

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    July 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Along the lines of passing the baton is Paul’s willingness to say “be an imitator of me”. It’s one thing to lead by example during the good times but it’s a totally different thing leading during hard/bad times. I wouldn’t always want someone to imitate all my behaviour’s on my ” off” days that’s for sure. This week was moving week for me and I will honestly admit I wasn’t very pleasant to be around at times. I have a lot to learn from Paul and hope to become a better role model.

    • Lisa

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      July 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Oh Donna, I can relate very well to your “off” days of moving week. As my husband well knows, I really felt the stress of my “new job,” here, especially the first month, and I didn’t always handle it well. :). Any kind of change can be very difficult, and certainly things were going to change radically for Timothy. Transparency, authenticity, consistency, and humility are so important in the lives of mentors. You raise an excellent point — we don’t have to be perfect to be disciple-makers. What we do needs to come from the “love, power, and self-discipline” given to us by God. For that I’m thankful.
      Thanks for sharing your insights. I will definitely take them to heart.

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