PASSING THE BATON

By Jayme Hull−

Has the Christian Church forgotten to run the race? Are we passing the baton of our Christian Faith on to the next generation of believers?

Have you ever watched a relay race and found your heart pounding as you hold your breath? Will the team be able to win the relay? It will all depend on the passing of the baton.

It is time for the followers of Jesus Christ to run the race with edurance, and strive to pass the baton of the Christian Faith on to the next generations.

As the Olympics begin this summer in London we can cheer on our favorite athletes and admire their incredible hard work and sacrifice. There is nothing more thrilling than watching your country successfully compete at this level, Especially with the possibility of standing on the platform with a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Watching the Track and Field competitions are always exciting to see.  The men and women run, jump and throw throughout the many different types of contests. One of the exhilarating parts of the Track and Field competition to observe is the four-member relay race.

Every coach will tell you that the exchange of the baton is the most crucial part to the relay. The number one runner must be fast, but only needs to be good at handing off the baton. The number four runner must be a very strong runner, but only needs to be good at receiving the baton. But the number two and number three runners must be able to hand off and receive the baton as well as be excellent runners. Each member of the team is important and knows their job. Hours and hours of practice time are used to work on the passing and receiving of the baton.

What happens if the baton is dropped during the competition? Is the team finished? Do they just quit? The answer is No! The person who dropped the baton is permitted to pick it up and continue the race. Everyone should keep running and never give up.

Right now is the time to step up and volunteer for God’s team. Will you join me in the calling from God in Titus Two, and begin to mentor the next generation of believers? Let’s not drop the baton and disengage! Now is not the time to say, “I’m just too busy!” or “I’m not qualified or equipped!” God equips those He calls.

Begin today. Ask God to open your heart and mind as He reveals to you the young believer He has divinely selected for you to mentor. Every new or young believer in Christ has potential. God has a plan and a purpose for them and He is calling you to guide and encourage them along life’s journey one heart at a time.

As the mature believer you have the experience with Jesus Christ to share and inspire the young believer. Be encouraged and have the boldness to say “Yes” to God and He will help you as you Pass the Baton of Christian Faith.

“….and pass it on to their descendents…” (Esther 9:27 NLT)

 

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Jayme Hull: Jayme is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Speech Communication Education and Musical Theater. She married her high school sweetheart John and together they live in Nashville TN. Jayme and John have three incredible godly adult children, two beautiful daughter-in-laws that love the Lord and one granddaughter . She went to NYC to meet the Broadway Entertainment world but instead she met the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. From that moment on her life was changed forever. Her new ministry, Woman Face toFace, is a Christ centered, Bible based, non-denomination ministry to equip women of all ages and stages of life to learn how to help each other as a mentor or being mentored. Check out the website atwww.jaymeh.com

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About debdearmond

Deb: Christ follower. Writer and speaker. Optimistically mid-life, experienced - not necessarily "mature". Young enough to discover, explore, teach, serve, mentor, and old enough to know how to do it well! She serves as a writer for the online magazine Destiny in Bloom and she is Co-Founder of MyPurposeNow.org, a website dedicated to helping women over 50 find their purpose in Christ. Deb is optimistically mid-life and excited about the next stage of life and what God has for her now. Her latest print project is a book about the relationships between mot hers and the girls who marry their sons. Deb is wife to her high school sweetheart, Ron, who told her about Jesus and led her to the Lord 39 years ago. Mom to three incredible sons. Gigi to two perfect grandboys. But Jesus is her favorite, and the guys have learned to live with it.
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