Being a mentor is a great honor and privilege. The one that has been chosen to be a mentor to someone possess a particular skill, and quality that will enhance others. It is not to say that the mentor is a professional, or a perfect example of coaching, but he/she is someone that has developed a leadership quality with a heart to give back to others what was given to them.
In order to be a mentor, the person that wants to be mentored has to see you as a positive role model, and someone that has credibility. Today we are lacking in positive role models, and individuals that are credible. Each time we turn on the television there is always someone that should be an example to the citizens of a particular area, constantly dropping the ball, and behaving in an unethical manner.
The bible gives many examples of mentors that were not always perfect, but they were credible and a positive role model. As Christians, when we are looking for someone to mentor us we must be able to see the spirit of the Lord upon their lives, and we see this by demonstration of the power of God being manifested in his/her life.
When a person has been given the task of mentoring someone, he/she cannot look at this as a burden, or a hindrance. We have all been tasked to make disciples, and this means that we should mentor people into being mighty men and women of God without being insecure or jealous of their gift and calling.
When Moses mentored Joshua, Moses obeyed everything the Lord instructed him to do concerning Joshua. When Moses went before the Lord, Joshua was there, Exodus 24:13, and Exodus 33:11. Moses did not display any form of hostility, jealousy, envy, or strife towards Joshua because a good mentor realize that the vision he/she has cannot be accomplished by one set of hands.
When being mentored by someone, you will see their good qualities, as well, as their bad qualities. When the Lord allow you to see your mentors weakness, it is not for you to take the mind frame of Ham who exposed his father Noah’s nakedness when he was weakened by sin, but to be like Shem and Japheth, who knew that their father had fallen, but yet was willing to cover him because of the report that he had with the Lord. Genesis 9:22-23.
The scripture says in Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” When we cover our mentor properly, the Lord will cause them to bless us. Genesis 9:24-27.
Being mentored is not always about the one doing the mentoring, but it has a lot to do with the one being mentored. The way we handle our mentor determines how our ministry will be established. David and King Saul is an example of establishing a kingdom the right way when your mentor has gone sour (see Serve Before Leading in this blog’s category section). Joshua submitted to, and obeyed every command that the Lord gave Moses, and because of this, Joshua was elevated before the people, Numbers 27:18-23.
Our mentors will give us a task to see how well we can follow instructions. How well we follow instructions and grab hold to the spirit of our mentor will determine if we will hear those words that the Lord had Samuel to tell King Saul, see 1 Samuel 13-15, or do we want to receive the blessing because we did everything that the Lord instructed our mentor to do? See Exodus 39:32-43.
So mentorship has a lot to do with the person that is doing the mentoring because he/she sets the tone for the person being mentored, but mentorship is even greater for the person that is being mentored because his/her destiny is tied in how you handle the teacher.