Monday, November 12, 2012

The Mentor Example

2 Timothy 2:1-2 says "You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

This is part of a letter from the Apostle Paul to Timothy. Timothy was very special to Paul. Paul probably led Timothy to the Lord during his first trip to Lystra and then taught him the foundational principles of the gospel.

Paul asked the younger man to accompany him on his second missionary journey, and from that point onward began to invest in him as his co-laborer in the gospel. These two were ministering together from Macedonia, to Achaia, to Ephesus, to Corinth, to Asia Minor, to Jerusalem, and even to Rome during Paul’s first imprisonment. After Paul’s release, Timothy again traveled with him, but eventually Paul had him stay at the Ephesian church to take care of some problems. Their close relationship is verified by the fact that Paul names him as co-sender of six of his letters.

Paul’s challenge to Timothy is a commission for all of us who will be in involved in mentoring relationships. Are we investing in the lives of others? Have we decided to pour into one individual over a long period of time? I hope so, because it is an example presented multiple times in Scripture.

Doug Johnson

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