It is such a delight to watch a little child with his dad or mom. The child carefully observes every move the parent makes with admiration in her eye. Then the child gives it a go, trying to do the task just like Dad or Mom. In a parent–child relationship this type of learning goes on over much time in many contexts. The child learns a myriad of different skills and all in the context of an ongoing committed love relationship. Mentoring is typical of what good parents do. It’s potentially part of our relationship with God, too.
One of the greatest compliments you can give someone is to be so interested in them that you choose to make them your mentor. You take the time to observe their behavior, copy their actions, and explore their thoughts so you can learn from them. Similarly, one of the deepest ways you can show love and trust as a mentor is to allow someone access to you, to observe your ways, to see your daily life and to know your secrets. Wouldn’t you like to have that sort of relationship with God?
As any learner knows, the greater a mentor one happens to get the more the learner can become by studying under that mentor. Well, what is true for human beings with their mentors is all the more true with people in relationship with the LORD of all things. We who know God as our heavenly Father have a unique opportunity to have the Greatest Mentor Ever walk along side us.God himself is giving us this amazing invitation to get to know him well, to learn his ways and to become more and more like him.
Jesus Christ was mentored by Father God. We know this because he tells us so. Here, read it for yourself: Jesus says,
“…I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything by Himself, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever He does, these things the Son also does in the same way. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything which He is doing…” John 5:19b-20a
We also read what the Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” in Ephesians 5:1. And “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Co 11:1. And so we learn that Jesus imitated his Father and we are encouraged, even instructed, to engage in the same sort of mentoring; we have the privilege of imitating Christ. We are invited…
to have an intimate relationship
with our Father God,
where He will show us what he is doing,
because he loves us, too.
And as we learn what he does,
we can do what he shows us,
in the same way;
Just like Jesus!
So with our hand in his hand, we learn from Father God what to do, when and how, just like Jesus. How? We ask. We listen. We watch. We practice. This is discipleship. This is childlike faith. This is growing intimacy with God. This is a love walk with the LORD. It’s a beautiful thing and it builds a life for you and me of great worth. Let’s embrace the opportunity we have to be mentored by the best!
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