Today’s Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:2
They call it “The Prayer at Jordan-Hare.” In 2013, the UGA football team was leading Auburn in the closing seconds of the game. In a last-ditch effort, Auburn threw a Hail Mary pass. The ball deflected off two UGA defenders and into the waiting arms of an Auburn receiver who ran into the end zone for a touchdown to win the game.
I hope that today’s UGA vs. Auburn game ends differently, but that fateful pass can teach us a lesson about discipleship.
In his final letter to Timothy, Paul encouraged him by saying, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Paul was telling Timothy to pass the ball. He had been given the gospel, and now he needed to pass it on to someone else who could pass it on to someone else.
Auburn’s Hail Mary completion was improbable at best, but they completed it. You may not think that trying to pass your faith onto someone else will have any effect, but you cannot determine that outcome.
You never know what will happen until you pass the ball.
Today’s Prayer: Father, thank you for sending someone into my life to tell me about Jesus. Help me to pass my faith on to others.
Matt Peek serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pelham and a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee.