A Mentor Relationship
A Mentor’s Job
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:18-20
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight
The two books of Timothy are really job descriptions to a young pastor. The Apostle Paul is mentoring this young man to become the next generation church leader. We can read about how this mentoring process worked in various areas of the New Testament. It is obvious that Timothy listened and learned well from the apostle’s efforts. Let’s look at a few things a good mentor does for those he is mentoring.
First, we read of Paul’s daily prayers for young Timothy. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he wrote: “…night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers” (2 Timothy 1:3). If you decide to become a mentor, your first priority is to daily pray for this new believer. Pray that God will give them strength and you wisdom to be God’s mouthpiece in the relationship!
The second responsibility of a mentor is encouragement. This may seem obvious, but our tendency is to constantly give instructions or corrections. Those are needed along the way, but encouragement may be priority over them. Even in Paul’s opening greeting, he says to Timothy: “To Timothy my true son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2). In Paul’s second letter, he writes of the “sincere faith” that lived in Timothy. Those kinds of statements would encourage anyone! Finally, as God’s Spirit leads, the mentor must gently correct and point to better ways to do life, as we journey in Christ!
Father, thank you for your desire and plan to include me in helping another person get stabilized in their journey with you!