At some point this morning, my phone froze (not in terms of temperature, but in terms of activity). It wouldn’t do anything. No amount of pushing buttons or holding down buttons did anything to fix the problem – neither did plugging it in to to recharge it.
I realized that a solution was beyond my skill level, so I went to the phone store. The salesman explained what had happened and restarted the phone. After that, he taught me how to turn off programs and apps that were running (and using a lot of battery power) that I didn’t know were running. I texted Karen, my wife, and told her I learned something about our phones that I’d have to teach her.
The whole sequence of events got me thinking: isn’t that what we should be be doing with God’s Word? Yes, it is! 2nd Timothy 2:2 says, “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” You and I have the responsibility of passing on what we’ve been taught to others, who will do the same thing. Notice that there are four generations mentioned in that verse by the apostle Paul.
If I’m excited about sharing what I’ve learned about my phone, shouldn’t I be infinitely more excited about sharing what I’ve learned from the Word of God? Of course I should! Discipleship is all about entrusting what we’ve learned to faithful men and women who will do the same thing. That’s how the church grows and spreads like leaven throughout the entire world. A frozen phone was a good reminder of that.