1Timothy 1:18-20 (NIV)
Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight,holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
No man is an island every one of us needs someone in our life who will take time to help us walk the right path. When I look back at my own personal life I see a lot of mistakes and missed opportunities simply because I did not have someone to mentor me and neither did I know how important it was to have one.
Timothy had Paul who raised him up and guided him in spiritual matters bringing out the best in him.
A mentor is like a coach. You may be a skilled player but without a coach or mentor you will not go far.
We live in such a self-centered world that it is not rare to hear Christians say, “I have a PERSONAL relationship with Jesus Christ and that’s all I need. I don’t need someone pocking into my personal issues” This kind of attitude has led many astray because you do not only have to learn from your mistakes, a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Many people think they can make it on their own because:
A man's pride tells him to journey alone.
A man's heart tells him to remain quiet.
A man's mind tells him nobody will understand.
A man's emotions tell him to keep it under control. Maybe you can relate to these.
It the second chapter of the Bible, God tells us a fundamental truth about ourselves. He say's without wavering, 'It is not good for man to be alone.' Why? Because when God created us, he created us as social creatures, to have companionship with one another. Part of companionship is mentoring. There is real value for a one to be mentored along his life journey because it will bring out the best in you and help you avoid many pitfalls.
Throughout the bible you find mentoring relationships
Jethro and Moses
Moses and Joshua...
Eli and Samuel
Elijah and Elisha
Mordecai and Esther
Paul and Timothy
Jesus and his disciples
Who is mentoring you and who are you mentoring?
2 Timothy. 2:2
“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.”