Are You Ready To Own It?
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). — John 1:35-42
Discipleship, mentorship, and leadership development is easier than we make it. Far too many men overthink the process, and in the hesitation, they end up doing nothing. And by doing nothing, they end up isolating themselves from the benefits of spiritual growth. So if you are tired of isolating yourself from a spiritual growth experience that could change your life, here are the five things you need to do. They are listed right in the text.
- You identify a godly man.
- You follow him as far as his wisdom will take you.
- You ask questions.
- You listen for the godly wisdom in his answers.
- You allow that wisdom to change you.
And guess what? I would love to make this mandatory for you as a Christian man. But I can't, because you have to want to do it. Only you can do it. You have to take the steps. But I can promise you this. If you take ownership, responsibility, and initiative, it will forever change your life. Just take Peter. This experience is going to change Peter's life forever. He would become one of Jesus's three closest disciples, and his ministry would change the world, but that only happened because he took the first step and each step after that.
So today, seek out a mentor. Seek out someone to disciple you. But don't put the ownership on them. You take ownership. That's why I put the pronoun "you" before each one of the points today. If you want to grow, then you need to do something.
ASK THIS: Are you taking ownership of your spiritual growth?
DO THIS: Do something right now. Anything!
PRAY THIS: God, help me take initiative today.
PLAY THIS: No Turning Back.
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I am thankful for my mentor Paul. I pledge to more actively pursue his wisdom in assisting me in my journey so that I may better reflect God’s greatness. I will take ownership of my own growth and leverage the resources that are available to me and put them to work in my daily life.
Like anything important in life, you have to want it. Sobriety, good relationships, faith. Half measures will avail us nothing. You’ll get out of it what you put into it.
Somehow, when I went to play the song, Vince’s reading of the devo was playing over it. It is really cool.
Our church is working on mentorship right now.
King James Version
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
I am trying. I am trying to “mentor” the young fellars in my life even though I am not done being mentored myself and despite the fact that I feel incompetent when it comes to that sort of thing. I am trying to get out of my box or comfort zone in the way I attend/participate in church. I am trying to do more and not get comfy in my “enough ” and I do believe it is enduring some very positive growth. I praise God for the life I have (both my temporal and eternal life) and for giving me what I need and not what I want. Good God Almighty does definitely know what He is doing. Have faith and press on. KEEP FIGHTING!
Inspiring words Trent.
Amen! Any of us can get “comfortable” in our Christian journey. We must remember it is a “journey” and we need be diligent to walk the path God has set us on. I feel He puts others on our path. Some are to help us and then others are there for us to help. I pray we never grow too comfortable and miss out on helping one another. Press on Trent for you may not even be aware of some you are helping along in our journey or hear them say, “Thank you, Brother.”