I have had plenty of mentors in my life.
And they’ve all been great people. But I never realized that there’s a big difference between great mentors and great Christian mentors.
Christian mentors operate on a very different plane. And so it’s my desire to encourage you to seek great Christian mentorship through these 5 noticeable qualities.
Great Christian mentors place themselves in a position of openness and welcoming. There’s the understanding of Divine appointments set by God and a genuine desire to get to know whoever God places in their path.
They have the need to love like Christ and to be led to those in need by Him. There’s no agenda to attain membership, volunteers, or money; there’s only the desire to be Christlike.
When the scribes [belonging to the sect] of the Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with the sinners [including non-observant Jews] and tax collectors, they asked His disciples, “Why does He eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, He said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but [only] those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners [who recognize their sin and humbly seek forgiveness].” (Mark 2:16-17)
Great Christian mentors know that they are not above others. They seek to include, to teach, and to testify from a place of humility and wisdom.
For they know that they have been mercifully accepted into Christ’s kingdom. And they desire that same acceptance and adoption for all.
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)
Great Christian mentors know who they are in Christ. They don’t compete for approval or to make their name greater than others.
They are assured followers of Christ, having complete confidence in God and His ability to work through them. Because they are living testaments of trusting God, acquired by living and learning from faith to faith.
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him. Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” (Mark 8:11-12)
Great Christian mentors have a genuine fear of the Lord. It’s not being fearful of pain and punishment, but fearful of losing God’s presence in their lives.
For they would lose His love, peace, joy, and abundance. And so they seek to please God by studying His Word, obeying His teachings, and professing His will and wisdom to others.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
Great Christian mentors are accomplished, but their success is independent of wealth, popularity, and credentials. They operate from the understanding that God gives them the ability, despite them having any at all.
This confidence allows them to not be subjected to material possession and social approval. Because Jesus, the greatest Christian mentor of all, wasn’t and still isn’t today.
For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant), and like a root out of dry ground; He has no stately form or majestic splendor that we would look at Him, nor [handsome] appearance that we would be attracted to Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief; and like One from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:2-3)
Finding Great Christian Mentors
So despite what the world says about success, Christ remains sitting in the greatest position among all existence. And when He comes again, we will see Him for all His glory, honor, and success.
Therefore, great Christian mentors are distinguishably like Christ. They are approachable, accepting, assured, accomplished, and having devoted allegiance to God.
They have a desire to operate outside of the world’s limitations. And to have their names included with the Name that is above every other name, for all of eternity!
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. (Revelation 3:5)
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