Does mentoring really help you grow spiritually? I read an interesting article titled “Spiritual Mentors” by Chris Morton. Here is one of the things he states in the article. “To experience the abundant life, a spiritual apprentice will eventually need to take on the responsibility of teaching others. Helping others learn how to pray reminds the teacher of their own need to commune with God. Helping a student learn forgiveness makes the teacher more aware of their own relationships”. I have found that to be so true in my own experience as a mentor. Whenever I am having a mentoring session with a “mentee”, I am often reminded by the Holy Spirit of my own shortcomings and continued need to grow spiritually in the Lord. Chris Morton also goes on to state that “one of the best ways to learn is to teach”. Professor Robert Clinton notes six types of spiritual mentors—the Disciple, the Spiritual Guide, the Coach, the Counselor, the Teacher, and the Sponsor. I would agree with Professor Clinton that the “mentee” will need a different type of mentor based on where they are in their own spiritual growth. The most appropriate, helpful mentor depends on the mentees needs, personality and learning style.
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Every Christian is called to be a mentor (disciple). It is up to us to walk in our calling. Our calling in life is to share God’s life and have fellowship with other Christians. Dr. D.W. Ekstrand says “When a believer is in fellowship with God, he becomes consumed with His Word, and the desires to share the dynamics of it with other Christians. Just as sports is the topic of interest to the athlete and music is to the musician, and science is to the scientist, so biblical truth is to the believer”. God calls every believer to a service far beyond anything we can ever imagine. We were put on earth to make a contribution. We were called to be disciples of Jesus and lead others to Him as well. A successful mentor follows the examples of Jesus and executes them. Here are some tips for being a mentor: 1. Pray for people 2. Have a genuine love for people. 3. Develop an intimate relationship with people. 4. Be willing to teach people the basic guidelines of living a Christian life (studying God’s Word, surrendering to the Holy Spirit, fellowshipping with other Christians…). Do you have what it takes to be a mentor?
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Pouring into another Christian will always guarantee a return on investment through Jesus Christ. Whenever we give to God, we are always guaranteed a return on our investment. God requires us to give of our time, talents and treasures. So often we overlook the giving of “time”. What is the return of investment when we take the time to pour into people? As Laurie Beth Jones writes; “one person trained twelve human beings who went on to so influence the world that time itself is now recorded as being before (B.C.) or after (A.D.) His existence. What would happen if every Christian woman would decide to make a life-changing impact on the life of one woman within her lifetime? I bet you the results would be remarkable. Investing in one person can affect millions of others.
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THE CONDITION OF THE WORSHIPER’S HEART IS ALWAYS GOD’S PRIMARY INTEREST AND THE ONLY TRUE REQUIREMENT FOR WORSHIP. God isn’t concerned with our outward appearance but rather our heart. We hear many times that David was “a man after God’s own heart”. There was something that God saw in David that He didn’t see in others. It was David’s love for the Lord. God saw spiritual character in David and He is looking for the same spiritual character in other Christians. If we want a true heart of worship, we must first have an intimate relationship with God, second surrender our will to God’s will and third, have a broken and contrite spirit. We must also learn to take care of our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 tells us that “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”. This means that we must defend it continually from possible external attacks of the enemy (watch what you’re reading, watch what you’re listening to, watch who you’re around and watch what you believe). True worship requires a lifestyle change that is reflective of Jesus Christ. The heart of the worship is the worship of the heart.
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God doesn’t pour into us and expect us to keep it to ourselves. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out and make other disciples by teaching them. While Jesus lived on earth, he poured into His disciples. He taught them the valuable lessons that would assist them in their new walk with Him. His purpose for pouring into them was so that they could go out and be the “salt of the earth and the light of the world”. He wanted them to take what they learned and pour into others. Just like the disciples, we were chosen and created for a purpose. God’s purpose for us is to unite all things in Him; things in heaven and things on earth (Ephesians 1:10). So here are the questions for every Christian: 1. Why are you here? 2. Are you influencing others by your daily walk with Jesus? God is looking for Christians to help preserve His name, build it up and win others to Him. What are you doing to help prevent sin?
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Relationships are about meeting people where they are. Relationships require us to be compassionate and demonstrate the love of Jesus. When we explore the life of Jesus, we find that He met people right where they were. Jesus’ ministry began with individual relationships. Jesus saw His disciples through a different set of eyes and was always looking for opportunities to develop relationships with them. He saw who they could become rather than who they were. If we expect to develop relationships, we must follow the examples of Jesus. Making disciples is not possible without establishing intimate relationships with people. Building successful relationships will require us to forfeit our selfish desires and commit ourselves to thinking about the needs of others.
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