Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 4.
In an interview last year, I was asked if I ever had a mentor.
I had to think about that question for a moment. Other than my grandma, I’ve never had a mentor — at least not in any official capacity. But my books have mentored me. The Bible, first and foremost, has re-trained my thinking. Authors like C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, A.W. Tozer, and Richard Foster have mentored me through their writing as well.
And, of course, I love Beth Moore. I own every Bible study she’s published. When my church takes a summer or Christmas break from women’s Bible studies, I go through a study by Beth Moore on my own. I am deeply indebted to her and her ministry.
But a mentor in my community? Someone I could meet with on a regular basis?
Sadly, no. I’ve never had someone like that in my life. How I would love to have a mentor like that! But, thankfully, we all have access to the greatest teacher and mentor ever. God speaks to us through His Word.
In today’s reading, Paul speaks of Timothy as his son in the faith (1 Corinthians 4:17). Paul was a mentor to young Timothy, and he told the church in Corinth to listen to Timothy because he trusted the young man to have good judgment.
Can you imagine being mentored by Paul?
The gift of mentorship is needed today the way California soil needs rain. And the thing is . . . you’re never too young, or too old. We all could begin mentoring someone younger than us while also receiving the wisdom and guidance of someone older than us.
Have you ever been given the gift of mentorship?