One of the many fascinating organs of our body is the skin. Skin is the largest organ of the body. Without it we would die instantly. The skin is able to survive in a wide variety of conditions. It survives in the sun, in the water, in hot weather and in cold weather. It not only survives these elements, it can provide amazing protection for over a 100 years. How is it able to survive? It is constantly regenerating itself. The epidermal layer of the skin is in a state of constant regeneration. It can regenerate itself every two to three weeks. Skin that stops regenerating itself is diseased and is in danger of killing the whole body.
Paul calls the church the body of Christ. The body of Christ has survived over 2000 years. How has it survived all the turmoil over that expanse of time? It has constantly regenerated itself. One generation of Christian leaders has risen up a new generation of Christian leaders. Jesus left eleven disciples ready to lead where he left off. Those eleven trained hundreds more to continue after their time. Christianity is only one generation away from extinction. It is our turn to take the torch that has been passed to us and give it to the next generation. When the church stops regenerating itself the disease greatly hinders the life and growth of the body of Christ.
2 Timothy 2:2, “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”