17
Aug
09

Value: Mentor

I believe in the value of mentoring.  Christianity may be a personal relationship with God, but it is lived out interpersonally with people. If I want to be effective in allowing the Gospel to penetrate all of my life, I must allow people to speak their experience of, conviction to, knowledge of, application of, reverence for, love for the Gospel into my life. We are shaped by the people around us for good or for ill.  We must humbly submit ourselves to people who walk closer to Jesus, and lovingly guide people to him who are far away from him.

Mentoring is an intention interpersonal investment. 

Mentoring is Intentional. The nature of the Gospel is such that it does not happen merely by accident. God has a purposefor our lives. He is taking us somewhere. He is molding us into someone.  We don’t accidentally follow Jesus or become more like him. We must be intentional. We aren’t accidentally good parents, good spouses, good church members, or probably much of anything good unless we intend to do something well. We must be intentional in applying the gospel of Jesus to every aspect of life.

Mentoring is Interpersonal. It is an act that happens between persons. It can happen one-on-one or in a group setting.  Most importantly, it is being an example and model of living out the gospel within relationship with other persons. These relationships my come about naturally, such as parent-child, spouse-spouse, pastor-church member,etc. but in order for these relationships to foster gospel-centered living, we must be intentional about it.

Mentoring is an Investment.  We are products of our families, educations, friends, and experiences. However, the intentional impact by a few people upon my life has had a much greater impact in shaping me into who I am than the casual or accidentally impact by many people. Those I positively influence cash in on the investment others have made in my life.

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