30 Days of Thanks & Praise! Day #16 Thankful for Godly Mentors (II Timothy 2:1-2)
Thankful for Godly Mentors (II Timothy 2:1-2)
II Timothy 2:1-2, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Paul was Timothy's spiritual mentor. He taught him of the faith, showed him how to follow God, and warned him against dangers he may face. Having a godly spiritual mentor is invaluable in your Christian walk. A good mentor is someone who has a daily relationship with God, faithful to God's house, and someone that can be trusted. A mentor will help keep you accountable and counsel you on matters you face in life. When a mature Christian mentors a growing Christian in the Lord through a discipleship relationship, the young Christian has the opportunity to observe unedited how the Christian life works. Having a good relationship with a wise mentor is like having personal access to a goldmine. It’s an opportunity anyone would be foolish to not take advantage of! Proverbs 1:5, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” God has allowed we Christians to be influences in the lives of other Christians. Mentors experience the joys of helping a younger Christian understand the faith and seeing them grow in faith. The real gifts, the ones we remember, are not always bought at shopping malls, gift shops, or online. They are acts of love, springing from a heart filled with the love of God. And when we give like this, God gives back to us. He ensures that there are people around to help us when we are hurting.
Over a century and a half ago, there lived a humble pastor in a small village in Leicestershire, England. He had never attended college and had no degrees. He was just an ordinary, faithful pastor. In his church was a young student to whom he gave special attention, teaching him the Word of God. This young man was later to be renowned as William Carey, one of the greatest missionaries of modern times. This same pastor had a son, a boy whom he taught faithfully and constantly encouraged. The boy's character and powers were profoundly affected by his father's life. The son was Robert Hall, the mightiest public orator of his day, whose sermons influenced the decisions of statesmen and whose character was as godly as his preaching was phenomenal. It seemed that the small village pastor accomplished very little. But his faithful witness and godly life had much to do with giving India its William Carey and England its Robert Hall. God honors and blesses faithfulness.
As a young boy, I remember skipping rocks with my older brother into creeks and across ponds. My brother and I would often compete in trying to see whose rocks skipped the most, or made the biggest splash. I can remember my brother picking up and hurling a large rock into the water and watching the ripples reach clear across the other side of the pond. When I think back to those times, I’m amazed that such a small rock compared to a large body of water could make such a huge impact on the entire body of water. If God is the force behind the large faith-rock of your life, He can toss you higher than any other and cause you to make waves in the water of this world that will reach and influence many lives.
The first time we came to Carrabelle (2016), it was our desire to be a blessing and an encouragement to the people for the weekend. Since becoming pastor, it’s my desire to not only see our church grow in the Word of God, but also to impact the community with the Word of God. Allow the Lord to launch you into someone’s life today and make an impact for Christ. It is a privilege to pass on to new Christians the truths others have handed to me. And it’s exciting to see them grow in the Lord, and then eventually turn around to teach their new converts. God has given us the opportunity to be an influence in the lives of others. Ask God to show you how you can help someone else today. If you don't have anyone to mentor, look for someone in your church or in your family who you can help to grow closer to God. Thank God that He has allowed you to have a part in mentoring and that He has provided mentors in your life. If you do have a spiritual mentor, thank God. Having a godly, spiritual mentor is precious and priceless in your Christian walk. They will look to you for help and guidance, and they will take your advice to heart. Who can you mentor spiritually in your life?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You for placing me under people who helped me grow when I was a young Christian. Their influence was important in my spiritual development, so I thank You for them right now. For their patience, their love, their kindness, and their willingness to let me get close enough to really learn how to walk with You. Now it’s time for me to do this for someone else, so please lead me to a young disciple whom I can begin to show how to walk in the power and authority of Your Word. May others around me see the love of Jesus through me. May I be Your witness. Use me for Your Kingdom and glory. I dedicate my life and service to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.