Christian Devotions
By Ross Freeman

From Mentored to Mentor
By Ross Freeman

"So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith." (1 Thessalonians 3:1-10 NIV)

There are times when we need to move from depending on others, although they are still our mentors, but in God’s timing and acting on His leading, we must step out to encourage, disciple and mentor others. We need to stand and walk in faith regardless of what the enemy brings against us, so that our mentor will know that his work and input in our lives was not in vain but was bearing fruit. Consequently, the same will then happen to us down the track as we release those we have walked with and mentored.

We must however, when releasing others, uphold them in prayer giving praise for them to God and to keep them in remembrance at all times. They may not be with us physically, however; we need to uphold them in prayer spiritually.

We need to increase our love and acceptance to others regardless of their station in life. We need to have the same heart and attitude as Jesus did and we must be blameless and holy before God.

“If I’d had a human teacher he would have been out of patience with me long ago, but the Lord Jesus Christ never gives up on a Disciple; having once commenced to teach, he continues his divine lessons till they are fully learned, and the more difficult it is for him to teach the more honour it will be when he gets all his disciples educated for their call.” Charles Spurgeon

Stand in The Gap

“He also spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised by others. Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself. ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all I possess’. And the tax collector, standing afar off would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:9-14)

We as disciples are the ones to stand in the gap and intercede for the new converts regardless of their station in life or standing in the community, and we need to be constantly feeding the word into them. Discipleship is not just getting people saved, but it’s also speaking into their lives especially in the early stages.

We are to point out to the new converts the pitfalls and problems that arise in their early Christian lives. We need to guide them, love them and nurture them through temptations and negativity that the enemy brings their way and bring them to maturity. This is not a “teach them quick” basics approach, but a lasting journey, including the journey they embark on with people they in turn will disciple. This is one of the aspects that body ministry is all about.

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