Few men and women of God have become extraordinary people of faith without the influence of mentors. A mentor is one who takes responsibility for the care and especially growth…physical, psychological, emotional, relational, academic, or spiritual…of another. For growth to happen, commitment is required from both the mentor and the student.
I have been privileged to have many mentors throughout my spiritual life and walk. In each stage of my progress in maturity from newly born again believer to my present stage of maturity, God brought new, specific mentors with unique gifts that the previous mentor did not have. God has grown in me a hunger to desire a double portion of the positive attributes of my mentors. This desire, I believe, is sorely missing amongst many today.
I fail to see the hunger within many believers. Many who could be greatly used by God in the Kingdom are instead distracted by the cares of this world. It is an attitude of “a la carte” vs. an attitude of choosing the full measure of what God might have for them. To maximize mentoring, you need to be humble, to be all-in.
Today, ask God if there is someone He would have you either mentor or be mentored by. Ask yourself these questions: Who are the people God has placed in my life? Am I learning from them? Am I seeking a double portion of their anointing? What prevents me from gaining from their wisdom and experience? God may have brought them into your life to prepare you to be a man or woman of God. However, there is a time of training and waiting to prove out your own faith.
Dear Father God, I thank You, Father, for the people you have brought into my life as mentors. I pray for wisdom, patience, biblical values and ethics, integrity, and everything spiritual mentors need to be effective and carry out their responsibilities in a manner that is pleasing to You, and beneficial for those being mentored. I pray for Your special touch on Christian mentors, and for their protection from all harm and evil. Thank You, God. In the name of the perfect mentor, Jesus; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
…Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses,
entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
2 Tim. 2:2