We all need mentor in our lives for our growth and success .Mentoring is a motivation of being a God’s agent in enriching another person’s life in equipping believers to Evangelize, encourage ,Nurture, Disciple and Multiply. A Christian mentor should posses many good qualities such as Humility, Interceding for the trainees, planning with their trainees, helping to learn from their mistakes, Correcting, welcoming others in with love and acceptance, Forgiving, Serving, Pray for each other regularly that the Holy Spirit will give wisdom, to be Faithful etc.
By having a Christian mentor assists us in our personal growth to build a strong relationship between God and believers, it helps in reaching the families and individuals for Jesus Christ, it helps to develop character and build competencies, it also helps in developing Christ like Character, Gaining Knowledge, Changing our Attitudes or Beliefs. The process of mentoring involves in investing time in listening, being transparent, sharing, coaching, role modeling allowing them to learn from our life.
We first accepted God's love through His Son Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection; paying our death penalty and breaking the addiction of destructive living; showing us how to live in unity with God, self and others, and practiced God's principles through listening to His Spirit's directions.
As The Bible says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”
(Proverbs 27:17). People tend to become like those they associate with. A mentor can encourage you to do your best. He sees your potential and assists you to be the person God has called you to be. He is interested in your personal growth and development.
Mentoring is the rewarding process of taking under your wings someone who is searching, providing answers, helping them grow more open to the gospel, leading them to faith in Christ and, ultimately, training them to actively share the gospel with others.
Although the Bible doesn’t use the exact words of mentor but it refers to what we believe are successful mentoring relationships. There are many examples where people mentored in biblical times. Some of the examples are:
1. Deborah mentored Barak and Eli mentored Samuel, Samuel mentored Saul and David who became Israel's greatest king.
2. Ahithophel and Nathan the prophet also mentored David. David mentored his army commanders and government officials, to establish the united nation of Israel.
3. David also mentored Solomon. Solomon mentored the Queen of Sheba, who returned to her people with his wisdom in the form of Proverbs that applied God's laws.
4. Elijah mentored Elisha. Elisha then mentored king Jehoash and others.
5. Daniel mentored Nebuchadnezzar, who humbled himself before God. Mordecai mentored Esther, and Esther mentored King Artaxerxes, which resulted in liberating God's people.
6. Jesus mentored the twelve apostles who established the Christian church. The twelve mentored hundreds of other leaders, including Paul. Paul mentored Titus, Timothy and many others.
7. Timothy mentored "faithful men" such as Epaphras. Epaphras and the other faithful men mentored "others also" (2 Timothy 2:2) which led to a chain reaction that resulted in dozens of new churches in Asia. Wherever the apostles mentored new leaders, churches multiplied, even as they do today on most newly-opened fields (Acts 13:49).
8. Philip mentored the Ethiopian official who received Christ and was baptized in the desert. Priscilla and Aquila mentored Apollos, for a much improved ministry.
9. Jethro mentored Moses; Moses mentored Joshua and the elders of Israel. Joshua then mentored the other army leaders.
There are many scriptures that talk about Mentoring
Matthew 22:37-38:“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 28:19-20:“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8:“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well…”
Isaiah 58:9-12:“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: ‘Here am I.’ If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always: He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will rise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Philippians 4:9:“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Proverbs 13:20:“He who walks with the wise grows wise; but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Colossians 3:16:“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
1 Timothy 4:12:“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Titus 2:7-8:“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
Parents mentoring children: The direction of a godly mentor is priceless to a promising leader. We being Parents are the biggest role model for our children, they watch us all time how we communicate, how we react for every kind of situation within our families and friend circles. We must do our best to be a good example for them so that they will follow us in right ways. God has called us to be a part of this tremendous opportunity to eternally impact our children’s life. Thoughtful prayer is necessary in every area of our life, and especially when it comes to raising children. We need to Encourage our children to begin to build Godly relationships with other children’s .This will become very important as they get closer to beginning the studies to become a true Christian. As we build this relationship, it is important for us to share our relationship with God including quiet times, answered prayers, and victories. We need to build a strong Foundations of Faith in our children’s so that they can be better Godly examples among other believers which has great impact in our society, in our families as well .We being parents should show our children a life of faith such as praying, and serving in our house.
To be a good spiritual mentor is a gift of God, an ability to understand spiritual truths because we have been equipped by God’s Spirit to appreciate things that can only be “spiritually discerned” ( 1Cor 2:12-15). Only a mentor who is “full of the Spirit” can effectively provide this kind of discernment. Only a mentor who is “led by the Spirit” can hear and heed the thoughts, attitudes, and spirit of another. God also wants us to experience intimacy in our relationships with other people. As Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so we must love one another” (John 13:34). Intimate relationships with other people allow us to show our love, honor Christ, know our self better, learn profound truths, take risks, help others thrive, and have companionship through the highs and lows of life. Interacting closely can give us insight on how to fulfill God’s calling to be the best we were created to be. We can help other people recognize opportunities to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and extend His love to believers and nonbelievers.
God is our Perfect mentor: God continually calls us to come to Him with our burdens and find rest for our souls, He invites us to cast our worries on Him because He cares, He invites us to come to His throne and ask for mercy and grace to help us in our time of need, He will be our Comforter in sorrow when our heart is faint, He offers strength when we are weak, He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. The precious gift that a mentor can give is investing in the life of any believer which brings honor and glory to God and one that lives out the relationships to which God calls us in Christ.
By becoming a Mentor we accomplish to Provide a safe, friendly, and supportive place where people can learn how to deepen their experience of hearing God's Voice in their lives, we activate a beacon in our community for those seeking Love, Inner Peace, and communication with God.