I was dead in the water. My life was absolutely terrible until my friend reached through the murky water and pulled me out. That friend was and is my Mentor.
I once heard a pastor say “Christianity is ALWAYS a generation away from extinction” If you don’t find someone to mentor you, than you may find yourself making bad decisions that you will have to live with for the rest of your life.
Mentorship is a dying style among a lot of Christians because we rely so heavily on education and secular schooling to teach us what we need to know. Education and knowledge are important but we also need reality. Christians who are best at ministering Christ to other people have a healthy mix of knowledge and practicality. Education can only teach us so much about living life before we must take the plunge and do it ourselves.
I was a terrible liar and a horrible human being. I used people, friends and family, to get what I wanted. It didn’t matter to me how badly it hurt those people. I was so self absorbed and arrogant that nothing else mattered to me. My mentor gave me a healthy dose of reality. You could say a smack-cam of truth. He taught me about love and what it should really look like. The more he taught me the more I realized what I had done wrong.
Humans screw up, big time, that is what we do. The people who have someone to help guide them through those failures will always be better off than the person without.
We learn. It’s in our DNA as people who are created in the likeness of God.
The Bible tells us in the book of Matthew 28:16-20 that we are to “GO therefore and make disciples of all nations”. It is important for you to BE a good disciple just as much as making them. For the disciples to “go” and “make” they needed to be trained to do so and that is why Jesus picked them. He spent time teaching them and loving them. Christ guided them to the point where they would be able to replicate Him in everything that they did. If we are going to survive as the body of Christ we have to have mentors just as much as we need to be them.
By Cody Morehead