A mentor is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as someone who is a trusted counselor or guide. I have been a mentor and have been mentored many times over the years. It was always someone who was wise and knowledgeable about my life and my belief in Jesus and also with mentoring someone it was the same, but someone usually younger. We all have a need to identify with someone older and wiser than us. This leads to mentorship.
Finding a mentor can be difficult. Sometimes the Lord just puts one in your way in your life and you know and they know it was the Lord that brought you together. In other circumstances, it takes time to find that person you connect with. While living her in South Africa, I have plenty to mentor, I have just had a hard time finding someone to mentor me. I have peers that we meet and pray for each other, but no one older. This is a prayer concern for myself. I know the Lord will provide someone.
There is no word in the Bible such as mentor or mentorship, but it definitely did exist. Here are some examples of those partnerships:
- Eli mentored Samuel. Samuel mentored Saul and David. Ahithophel and Nathan the prophet also mentored David. David became Israel’s greatest king. David mentored his army commanders and government officials to establish the united nation of Israel. David also mentored Solomon. Solomon mentored the Queen of Sheba, who returned to her people with his wisdom in the form of Proverbs that applied God’s laws.
- Elijah mentored Elisha. Elisha mentored king Jehoash and others.
- Daniel mentored Nebuchadnezzar, who humbled himself before God.
- Mordecai mentored Esther. Esther mentored King Artaxerxes, which led to the liberation of God’s people.
- Priscilla and Aquila mentored Apollos, and this resulted in a much-improved ministry for Apollos.
- And finally, Jesus mentored the twelve apostles who established the Christian church. The apostles mentored hundreds of other leaders, including Paul. Paul mentored Titus, Timothy, and many others. Timothy mentored “faithful men” such as Epaphras. Epaphras and the other faithful men mentored others also, which led to a chain reaction that resulted in dozens of new churches in Asia. Ultimately, this specific mentoring chain is the beginning point of our churches today.
I hope this inspires you to find someone to mentor and someone to mentor you. It is so helpful when you have someone to talk to about what is going on in your life and what advice they can give you in areas that you are concerned with. Step out on faith and ask someone.