A season of challenging experiences had brought me to my knees. At the speaker’s invitation I went forward and bowed my head in prayer. In a matter of seconds, I felt the embrace of a single arm around my back. Tears crept down my face. I leaned into the Lord and remained still. When her praying ceased, I lifted my head and found a former student. Just eight years before, her tiny body had filled a seat in my classroom where I had poured into her soul; now she was pouring back into mine. Standing to my feet, I embraced her with a hug and heard God speak gently to my heart, “the investment has come full-circle.”
Investing in another believer means helping them reach their full potential in Christ while providing wisdom and instruction for them to grow as a disciple.
My former student had found her place in God’s kingdom as an intercessor for others. This wasn’t a surprise to me, but what I hadn’t foresaw was the day she would invest in me.
God’s Word tells of multiple women and men whose intentional investment led to another believer achieving their full potential for God.
Naomi invested in Ruth following the death of their husbands.
Moses mentored Joshua before he rose to leader over Israel.
Paul poured into Timothy, often referring to Timothy as his son.
These examples remind us of our discussion last week when we talked about God’s command for older women to train younger women. (Titus 2:3-5)
As you and I step out to invest in others here are five ways we can make our time more meaningful and focused on God.
- Pray – Prayer is the key that unlocks all potential in your mentee and in your mentoring relationship. James 5:18 says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV)
- Be Present – We can give our mentee encouragement through a text or a comment on Facebook, but what will always mean the most is our presence. Physical presence is matchless.
- Proclaim God’s Faithfulness – Psalm 71:18 says, “…let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.” God has done great things for each of us. Being a mentor provides the opportunity to tell someone else about His mighty acts.
- Plant God’s Word – God’s Word changes lives. It breaks strongholds and it’s filled with wisdom and instruction. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
- Permit your mentee to be open and honest with you, and always foster a safe environment with mutual respect and trust.
Perhaps you agree with the concept of investing in another person (or mentoring), but you feel uneasy when you think about yourself doing it. May I be honest with you? I feel the same way. But here’s what I know: uneasy does not equal unqualified. Uneasy just means we must lean into God a little more and trust He will lead our paths as we make ourselves available.
Next week we will take a look at five conversation starters mentors can use to engage in meaningful conversation with their mentees.
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