Mentoring

2 Timothy 2:2 NASB
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

As I sit here today, I am preparing to teach Sunday School in a couple weeks. The title is “Mentoring” and it starts with Paul’s words to a younger man, Timothy, whom he considered his son in the faith, and a successor in sharing the gospel. The lesson is a plea , admonition, or advisement to us to train those around us who will carry on the task of sharing the gospel and God’s truth after we are gone. Paul’s advice for Timothy is to follow his example, find good and faithful men to train up, and all the while hold to the scriptures, which are God’s instruction book and standard for His children.

As Paul writes these words to a young preacher, Paul is in prison. Many scholars call this letter Paul’s last will and testament. Recognizing Timothy’s gift of preaching, Paul pours out an emotional reminder to the young man to go on instructing, training, and guiding other men to share God’s truth and the message of salvation to a world that so dearly needs it. Paul’s time of active evangelism had ceased, and a last chance for him to advise others was afforded him.

As I prepare, I realize i do not just share information, but I am challenged to grasp God’s present purpose for me, and help you understand His will for you. I will continue to “set a good example”, but am I to pick, or be available to younger persons, to whom I pass on lessons of life? I have striven to be a “doer” of the word and not only a hearer, but is there an even more active role to play as a mentor?

And what about you? First, if you are not a follower of the Way, a believer in Jesus Christ, accept Him today. If you are a believer, join me on July 21, as we study God’s plan for developing His children. Paul’s ultimate advice to Timothy was to hold the scriptures in highest regard as he served God:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; [17] so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.