the effectiveness of mentorship is in direct relation to the willingness and receptivity of the apprentice to his master and mentor
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
We started our Christian life with that personal willingness and receptivity to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
That same attitude and commitment need to continue to see us through to maturity and being fruitful as disciples of Jesus.
To believe in Jesus is only the beginning of our new life and a journey of faith to fulfill the good plan and purpose of God in us.
Disciples who are well trained will become leaders themselves.
Christians engaging in leadership roles needs mentoring because we are taking care of Jesus’ flock on behalf of our Lord and Savior.
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
Mature, strong, productive leaders know the purpose of mentorship to release and to develop a person’s potential for the service of the Gospel ministry and to feed the flock on behalf of Jesus.
And we should know what it takes to be as good as our master …
Willingness and Receptivity
Something deeper for our considerations
Trust and Confidence
In our age of higher academics and mass media, there is no lack of training manuals and programs. But we know we still have a long way to go in terms of fruitfulness, maturity and fulfilling the will of God compared to the first generation leaders raised and mentored by Jesus in person.
We wish we could sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary, hangout with Jesus like Peter, James and John.
We pray for that kind of visionary and spiritual encounter Paul had.
For now we need to answer for ourselves a very difficult inconvenient question.
Even if Jesus will appear with us in person today, will we change our attitude and commitment?
We have the words of Jesus among us, what have we done with it?
The Apostles had written and testified of their encounter with Jesus, what can we learn from their records?
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
(1 Corinthians 11:1)
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Effective mentorship with Jesus starts with our
Trust and Confidence in the Words and Teachings of Jesus
I felt this is a very important and timing message for us.
In our days of social media and digital communications, there is a whole mass of people all over the world in search of direction and guidance in their life, work and family.
This is with references to a lot of Christian leaders who are themselves in search and in need of mentorship.
They know they need it but they don’t know what to do with what is already written in the Bible about what Jesus actually said and taught!
Our life is a learning process and we don’t stop learning till we meet Jesus in person.
Who we listen to and who we choose to believe in …eventually is a test of our faith, trust and confidence
And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
With reference to Christian leadership, effective mentorship is about
Trust and Confidence in the Words and Teachings of Jesus
And fellowship with like-minded people can help us be a better apprentice.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
The purpose of iron sharpens iron is to make you sharp.
To make you effective in ministry and to produce more fruits
If you think you are serving in Christian leadership in the area of evangelism, then iron sharpens iron should make you more a effective and productive evangelist.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
This pruning process is different from tribulations and spiritual attacks from the enemy.
It is the very process where the Father, Son and Holy Spirit do their renewal and transformation within you, changing your heart’s commitment and your mind’s attitude.
It is also the process where God do His deep cleansing and healing within you, making you understand better of His plan and purpose, let you see clearer picture about His kingdom.
Let’s pause a moment and think about it …
When was the last time we fall back in commitment?
Was it not because we had our doubts and uncertainty in our hearts and minds?
Was it not because we did not see a clearer picture about the kingdom of God and our lack of understanding, we were not as productive and fruitful?
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Jesus’ teaching about abiding in Him simply means
Trust and Confidence in the His Words and Promises
We start our Christian life trusting Jesus, we will continue trusting and obeying His teachings and commandments.
We know we need to do our own due diligence and stand firm with our trust and confidence in Jesus.
Whenever we face difficulties we need to check our hearts and minds.
Do we trust Jesus enough?
What is our measure of confidence in Jesus’ word and promises?
Let me end this message with this one and only encounter Peter had with Jesus, and till today I think Peter was the only other person who had walked on water together with Jesus in the same time, space and location –
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
I think Peter became Jesus chef Apostles not just because he walked on water together with Jesus, but he was the kind of person who had such trust and confident in Jesus that he was prepared to die together with Jesus.
Peter had expressed that unconditional trust and confidence in Jesus!
We knew Peter denied Jesus three times while Jesus was on trial. But after Jesus restored Peter, he laid down his life for Jesus with unconditional trust and confidence based on the promises of Jesus.
We know God’s love is unconditional, but what about our trust and confidence in His words and promises?
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
If you understand the structure of the Jewish community in the days of Jesus and the Apostles, those people Peter disagreed and spoke against were the Sanhedrin, the modern day version of the local government.
Interestingly the Sanhedrin recon that Peter had been with Jesus!
What ca we learn from Peter’s encounter with Jesus with regards to effective mentorship?
Your unconditional trust and confidence in the words and promises of Jesus will change your life forever … making you a better leader making better disciples for Jesus