1 Timothy 5 Lesson

Mentors

Mentoring is defined as, “A relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.” Paul was a mentor to Timothy. He provided instructions and advice on how Timothy was to deal with situations that Paul thought were likely to occur.

Mentors play an important part in the spiritual development of others. Over the course of our lives, we will have opportunities to learn from those that have gone before us, and later in life, Lord willing, we will also have opportunities to give back, and mentor others.

We should give thanks to God for bringing people into our lives that are willing to mentor us the way the Apostle Paul mentored Timothy.

Sometimes we are being mentored by somebody without even recognizing it.  This person will be:

  • Somebody who believes in us.
  • Somebody who encourages us.
  • Somebody who teaches us.
  • Somebody who shows us how to grow in Christ.

That is God’s plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As God’s plan for us unfolds, we need to be receptive to the spiritual mentors that God brings into our lives. We also need to look for the opportunity to mentor others when the time is right.   

God’s plan does not bring people into our lives by accident. When a new person enters our lives, we should consider the possibility that God has brought them there for a reason.

There are several scriptures that talk about mentoring in the Bible:

  • “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” - Proverbs 27:17.

  • “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” - Titus 2:3-5.

  • “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.  You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” - 1 Peter 5:1-5.

CHARACTERISICS OF A GOOD MENTOR

  1. Motivated.
  2. Energized.
  3. Caring.
  4. Generous with their time.

Over the course of our lives, we will interact with many people. Some will mentor us, and others will be mentored by us. God wants us to open our hearts to others and encourage them to do the same.  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. – Acts 8:30-31.

Comments

Dan

Of course, another characteristic of a mentor is competent--enthusiastic, generous sharing of how-to. That's what we look for in a mentor--someone to show us how to do something. Some show us how to be dads, professionals, or mature Christians.

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Dan

Agreed. The word “share” implies a benefit given from what one has. Both benefit.

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James Guillory

Mentoring is to share and teach what God has given to us, and in the process of mentoring and teaching we ourselves will also grow as God works in and through us!!

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Michael
James Guillory

Couldn't agree more James. The best way to learn something is to teach it. :)

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