A mentor is both a noun and a verb. Mentoring is someone you are and something you do.Â
God is calling you to be a mentor. He wants to help you become a sense of motivation and encouragement to the leaders that He has brought into your life.
A Biblical example of this relationship is Paul & Timothy.Â
Who is your Timothy?
God brings many people into our lives who are potential Timothyâ€™s, but the challenge is for us to step forward like Paul did and invest our life into these potential Timothyâ€™s.
Winston Churchill said, â€œWe make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.â€Â Â Â Â Â
According to Martin Luther King, Jr, â€œLifeâ€™s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?â€ Â
In I Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said, â€œImitate me as I imitate Christ.â€ He was telling the church to follow him as he was following Jesus.
You may have heard the phrase WWJD â€“ “What Would Jesus Do?”
Paul was saying to the Corinthian church that if they werenâ€™t sure what Jesus would do, they could do what he was doing because he was following Jesus.
There have been times in my life when I wasnâ€™t sure what I should do, but fortunately I was blessed to have mentors who helped me find my way.Â These mentors helped me discover where the Lord was leading me. I followed them as they followed Jesus.
Through my journey, the Lord began to impress upon me that when it was my turn to say to leaders in my life the same words Paul said to his mentors, â€œImitate me, as I imitate Jesus.â€ God was calling me to be a mentor. He is calling you to do the same.
You may not have had a mentor in your life but let me encourage you to be the mentor that you wish you would have had.
The leaders who you mentor will maximize your legacy.
A few months ago, I was at a church planting conference, and I ran into someone who I had not seen for over thirty years. The last time I saw him he was a thirteen-year-old in my youth group. Now he was a church planter.
He had planted a church and was currently planting multi-site campuses in Texas. As he stood before me, I was amazed at all that God had done in and through him.
I was so thankful that the Lord had allowed me to be a part of this young manâ€™s life. I was blessed to be used by God to invest my life into him.
I challenge you to spend time today in prayer asking God who it is that he wants you to mentor. Your investment will make a world of difference in the leader you mentor and will bless you as well.
Until the whole world knows Him,