As Christians, it could be assumed that part of our role on earth is to mentor to others about following Jesus and the impacts that pursuing a Godly life can have on someone. Perhaps it’s not until you feel the impact and benefits of being mentored to, that you realize part of your life’s mission is to help bring along others to a life of knowing and following Jesus. Being a mentor to others in any capacity, will ultimately result in life-changing affects, not only on the person being mentored to, but also the person mentoring.
This past week’s session surrounded the topic of mentorship and the value it plays in bringing other’s to Christ or closer to the Lord. We heard some powerful testimonies of how the men in our group came to know the Lord through someone close to them that they valued and looked up to.
Mentoring is at the heart of many stories throughout the Bible, not the least of which is Jesus’ encounters with his disciples. We looked at one story to illustrate this, from John 13:31-36, during which Jesus is predicting Peter’s denial:
When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
Perhaps the most important message is that "you will follow later".
So to conclude, who are you mentoring today, to help grow in their walk with Christ?