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God's Chosen Mentor!

Employee and executive mentoring is the best way to share knowledge, experience, and expertise throughout any organization. Mentoring pairs talented, experienced employees (mentors) with promising, less experienced employees (mentored). Over time, working one-on-one, the mentor and mentored, reaps real rewards.

Many a mentor training guide shares these opening thoughts. Mentor training in the business world has become a wide used and popular practice for training new employees. Mentorship is practiced in schools (tutor programs), business, and even in government programs. It can be as specific or expansive as needed for training purposes.

The origin of mentoring; however, is not found in the genius of some businessman in the archives of business history. It is found within the pages of God's word! It has a Divine origin. God's word has His children looking to those who are spiritually mature for encouragement, instruction to duty, and patterns to follow. All of God's children are then encouraged to look to God's perfect chosen mentor; the Christ of God.

 

•  Look to the Spiritually Mature

The Apostle Paul often spoke to Christians to imitate him, as he diligently imitated the Lord.

He wrote to the Corinthians whom he had spent a year and a half with.

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

 

He wrote to the Thessalonians whom he had been with just a short time before he would write these two letters to them.

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

2 Thessalonians 3:9 “not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.”

 

New Testament writers would also encourage Christians to look to those who were spiritually strong (not looking for perfect people – but to those who have demonstrated the perseverance and steadfastness to overcome), for a pattern to follow.

Hebrews 6:11-12 “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Hebrews 13:7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.”

Hebrews 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

 

It is obvious that mentoring was a God given practice to help those who are weak to achieve spiritual maturity.

Hebrews 5:13-14 “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

 

•  Look to the Author and Finisher of our Faith

No greater mentor could anyone ask for, than He whom God gave as a demonstration of obedience unto death.

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

I have actually heard Christians (those who pertain to Christ, disciples of the Master) say that “ it is too great an expectation to actually try to be like the Christ! ” This kind of thinking is born of the desire to not to have to attempt to attain.

The Apostle Paul trusted in the power of the Gospel to save (Romans 1:16); in the power of the Gospel to transform (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18). James taught that those who were hearers and doers of the word, would be blessed in what they did (knowing the source of the instruction and the pattern given – James 1:21-25).

Those who procure the trust necessary to obey the word of God, and seek the patterns of faithful service included in the pages; can trust God (who cannot lie – Titus 1:1-2; Hebrews 6:18), that they will be made “complete” and be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

 

We can also; like those who have gone on before us in faith, drop the weight of worry and the snares of sin, and finish the great race of life service to God with success; if we trust the Mentor God has given us!

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

Christian = One Who Pertains to Christ!

God's Perfect Mentor!