'You who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity.'
That sentence just makes you stop and contemplate your purpose, doesn't it? Have you been trained? Are you self sufficient? Do you know how to study the Word for yourself? Do you know how to pray for yourself and others? Do you know how to make yourself useful within your church body? Have discovered your gifting? Are you utilizing them for the benefit of others? Are you stepping up? Are you doing the Father's work?
Ask yourself these questions. If you can't answer yes, then you should get up off the pew and find yourself a mentor. Find someone who you can connect with and learn from. Get training in areas where you lack training and then get out there and be a benefit to the body.
We should either be setting ourselves up to learn, so that we can become part of the future OR giving our knowledge away TO the future. Either way, it's about sharing our experience.
'Enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you.'
You will find that those who have gone before you are eagerly awaiting your helping hands. They were once trained and have long anticipated training others. Sharing the details and trusting a ministry to another's hands is always a unique journey. Training and sharing the nuts and bolts of what makes a particular ministry work takes time. Sharing all the things that go into making it successful, the daily grind, and all the ins and outs takes time. Sharing the accumulated knowledge, wisdom and insights into the vision takes time. Exploring the failures and the success stories takes time. It's not a sprint but a marathon. The goal is to finish the race well.
Sharing all the good things that you have and your experience is what it's all about. It doesn't happen overnight, but when that connection happens, it's the best kind of adventure.
Galatians 6:6 MSG
"Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience."