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1 The Kind of Person That God Uses

by Walter A. Henrichsen

During His brief ministry here on earth, Jesus had the world in His heart, but He saw the world through the eyes of His men. He expected his men to see the world through the disciples that they would produce, just as He had seen the world through the 12 men he had raised up. His vision of reaching the world through the use of multiplying disciples is not found in any passage in the Bible, but it is the theme that pulsates from page to page.

This is the same thought that the Apostle Paul had in his heart when he told Timothy, his son in faith, “And these things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.(2 Timothy 2:2)  Analyzing this verse,

1.) Thou … The importance of the individual. When Jesus saw Peter, He did not see him as he was but as he would someday be. There is tremendous potential in the life of one man.

2.) Thou … me Indicates the importance of personal relationship, of mutual confidence and trust built up through the years of labouring together.

3.) Commit… Suggests transmitting something from one person to another. When we invest in the lives of other people, we transmit not only what we know, but what we are. ( 2 Tim 3:10-11)

4.) Faithful men… Faithful men and women have always been in short supply. (Prov. 20:6). God still seeks them out.

5.) Teach others also … Discipling process begins. Teaching others cannot be done solely through a classroom situation. It entails the imparting of a life – the same in-depth transmission that occurred between Paul and Timothy.

This is the multiplicative process. While the faithful men are teaching others also, Timothy is in the process of raising up more faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Implementing this vision of multiplying disciples is the only way Christ’s commission can ever be fulfilled. Other ministries and approaches can augment it but never replace it.

So the key to the disciple-making ministry is faithful men and women. What are the qualifications of faithful men and women?

1) He has adopted as his objective in life the same objective God sets forth in the scriptures.

Jesus said “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) Jesus is saying that if we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, He will assume responsibility for meeting every other need in our life. Whatever our vocation is, it must never be our life objective; for our vocation, no matter how noble it may be is temporal. The scriptures teach us to give our lives to the eternal and not to the temporal. A faithful man is a man who has chosen eternal objectives for his life

2) He is willing to pay any price to have the will of God fulfilled in his life.

Having committed himself to God’s objective, the faithful man steadfastly resists becoming ensnared in the world’s glittering attractions. Is there anything between you and God like pet sins, finances, possessions? The Bible says that people who mind earthly “possessions” are enemies of the cross of Christ ((read Phil 3:18,19).  All you hold dear to yourself – your family, your health, your dreams, your aspirations and goals – must be held with an open mind. God must be free to do with you and take from you as He pleases. You need not open your hand to God with a sense of fear, for God loves you with a perfect love and has your best interests at heart. The faithful person is one who is willing to pay any price to have the will of God accomplished in his life.

3.) He has a love for the Word of God.

The prophet Jeremiah said, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of Hosts.” (Jer. 15:16).  Do you crave the word of God like you crave food? Are you in submission to the authority of the Word of God? Or do you pick and choose what to believe and obey? Do you have a regular Bible reading program? Is your craving for the Bible so great that it is impossible to satisfy?

4.) He has a servant heart.

Jesus reminded His disciples that non-Christians enjoy being served and exercising authority over others. In contrast, He said, “But it shall not be so among you; but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your servant; even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:26-28). Serve to lead… this is the same message that Jesus was telling His disciples when He washed their feet (see John 13). The disciple-maker seeks to invest his life in another to help that person accomplish his own vision.

5.) He puts no confidence on the flesh/self.

Paul said, “But we had the sentence of death to ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” (2 Cor.1:9) Worldliness and having confidence in the flesh(self) are very closely related, for worldliness can be defined as living as though you had no need for God.

6.) He does not have an independent spirit.

Accomplishing God’s work is a team effort. It is done in concert with like-minded brothers and sisters in the faith. There is no room in the life of the disciple for a loner’s attitude. People are often God’s instruments to communicate to other people. God is looking for faithful people who are willing to subjugate their own ideas for the sake of the team.

7.) He has a love for people.

The Apostle John said, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10). To be godly is to be God-like. To be like God is to love people, because God loves people. Jesus came to the world to redeem people. That is what the Gospel is all about. The disciple is one who is involved in the lives of people. The faithful person has love for people.

8.) He does not allow himself to become trapped in bitterness.

In Hebrews we were told to be watchful “lest any man fall off the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” (Heb 12:15).  The context of this verse is giving and receiving a rebuke. Many a person has become bitter because someone pointed out a fault in his life. The root of bitterness can come through a competitive spirit, a breakdown in communication between you and fellow Christians. A wise saint should be able to say, “I will never allow another person to ruin my life by making me hate him. Faithful Christians guard their hearts well in this critical area.

9.) He has learned to discipline his life.

Everyone who competes in a race exercises self-control in all things in order to win the perishable prize (1 Cor. 9:24-27) .But Christians run in order to win an imperishable prize. In order to do this, a Christian has to discipline his life by being not a “Sunday Christian”. The faithful person is one who has applied the scriptures to every area of his life. The life of discipleship is a life of discipline.

The gold medal goes to the athlete who has worked hard, who has learned how to discipline himself, who has learned to say no to the myriad distractions that cross a person’s life, who has a clear-cut objective and has resolved in his soul to stay with it until he accomplishes it. This is the kind of person that God uses.

Such life is not easy, but God never promised us it would be. God did not leave us struggling alone in becoming a faithful servant, but gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us and empower us in accomplishing His plan in our life. That it is not easy is seen by the fact that there are so few faithful people around today.