A step in discipleship and faith.
While the words “mentorship” or “mentoring” are not explicitly in the bible, there are several examples of mentorship relationships throughout the Old and New Testaments. Moses mentored Joshua, Samuel mentored Saul and David, and Jesus mentored the twelve disciples who then mentored even more to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the Bible there are several verses that explain that we should mentor those who are younger or those who are beginning their walk with the Lord. As Proverbs 27:17 states: “Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As we are growing in our faith and are becoming more connected to our Father, we should seek to add our faith to another’s; to sharpen their spiritual journey; to walk alongside one another. By helping others grow in their spiritual journeys, we grow in our spiritual journey, as well.
Tiffany Bluhm said it best in her Flourish devotional: “Titus 2 encourages the older women to train the younger in godliness and model love as they love their families, and walk with a pure and kind heart.” It may seem difficult at times to think about discipling someone and sharing God’s goodness in you. However, as we disciple another, we not only share God’s goodness, but we, also, show that we are authentic by sharing our bruises, our scars, and how Jesus provided comfort in our troubled times.
“We make disciples as we invite others to grow in their faith.”
Contrary to popular belief, the younger generation seeks to be connected with the older generation to learn from their wisdom and share in community.
What it takes to be a mentor:
· Be available. Mentoring takes time out of your week to devote to another. While discipling is important, we want to be sure that you are able to meet with another while still maintaining breathing room for yourself. Take a look at your calendar and see where you might have pockets of time to devote to another. If your calendar is already full, see if there are instances or commitments where you might be able to include another in what you’re already doing. Sharing in life’s journeys with another is beneficial for both of you.
· Be authentic. This is a two-way relationship. If you want your intern to be honest and authentic with you, then you must, also, be authentic and honest in how you present yourself. When you appear polished and perfect, that may create a disconnect with your intern, making it seem as though their situations are separate from your perfection.
· Be kingdom-minded. The best way to teach is by doing. Pursuing life with Jesus allows others to observe a fruitful life and see how the redeeming grace of Jesus works in the everyday. Mentoring is not something taught, but rather something caught in those real-life moments.
· Be a listener. Mentorship is not just about your intern listening to you, but, also, you listening to them. When you create a safe place for your intern, you allow them the opportunity to share in complete confidence knowing that you will be there to listen without judgement. Kind eyes and a smile are more encouraging than you can imagine.
· Be prayerful. Just as you pray for others that are close to you, commit to intercede for your intern, as well. Pray with them and for them. As they seek the heart of Jesus through their internship; pray that God will reveal His purpose for them and that they will seek the fruit of the spirit throughout their everyday lives.
· Be healthy. Just like with any relationship, the closer you are to God, the better your personal relationships will be. Be sure to continue seeking your own spiritual health so that you can mentor from a spiritually healthy place. Keep in mind that mentoring is not parenting. You aren’t solely responsible for your intern’s faith, growth, or mistakes. They are. You are just there to provide support and wisdom.
-From Flourish Devotional, by Tiffany Bluhm.
As you disciple another, you will stumble upon rich blessings in your own life. Sharing the burdens and victories of another advances the gospel not only from within your home and your city, but even to other reaches of the United States and across the world. Our interns help us reach our mission of 10,000 spirit-filled, baptized believers walking in freedom and meeting the needs of the poor and the broken both locally and around the world. And, we’ve already seen that happen! Would you like to be a part of that?
We are called to love one another as God loves us. Are you ready to take the next step in your spiritual journey? Do you find yourself wanting to encourage/help/lead those around you in their spiritual journeys? Would you like to share what God has overflowed in you? If so, then please click the link below and fill out a Find My Fit form so we can find the best fit for you!