38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”[I]Luke 6:38
We have seen numerous posts about how mentoring helps those on the receiving end. Important and great incentive for entering into a mentoring relationship with someone in prison, on parole or released trying to integrate into normal life. I want to examine mentoring with a somewhat selfish approach by pointing out the benefits to the mentor for Christian growth. It’s not a bad thing to want to increase our faith, that’s what we’re trying to do for those we are guiding. Mentoring can be a healthy growth medium for all parties. As noted in the verse above, Jesus points out the rewards and incentives for giving to the giver. I can tell you from personal experience that this principal is true well beyond your expectations. Mentoring can draw you closer to God, make you more thankful to Him and increase your knowledge of God and our faith.
I have served in the Men’s Mentoring ministry at Calvary Church in Souderton, Pa., for some time now and have had the privilege to mentor several young men in various stages of their faith walk. I am currently on the volunteer staff at Liberty Ministries in Schwenksville, Pa. serving as an “in-house” mentor to the residents. My time there has driven home the verse stated above in many ways I’ll attempt to outline below;
We grow closer to God by having His perspective on life and the brotherhood of believers. I have seen God’s power displayed in in these men. Their courage and determination to succeed in spite of the difficult circumstances is inspiring. They are dependent on the Spirit to guide, protect and sustain them in their journey. A reminder to me that I cannot do life alone. I need the strength of the Spirit to protect me from spiritual warfare, keep me energetic and affirming and lead me to say and do the things He wants them to hear and see. My mentoring role draws me closer to God.
We grow more thankful to God by awareness of the many blessings He has bestowed on us. The Brothers and Sisters we mentor display a humility that is inspiring. Their wants are simple; A normal life and restoration of relationships. I strive to “get” more things. I don’t take enough time to thank God for all the things I take for granted that He has graciously provided. A home, a family, health and trust. They must strive to get these things and are dependent on God to provide for their daily needs. My mentoring has made me more thankful and humble to my God.
We grow in our knowledge of God through His Word. Many think that we have to be an expert theologian to be a mentor. Having a thorough knowledge of God and our faith is a plus but, we can progress together with our mentees. I like to use a bible study as a “springboard” for conversation with those I mentor. This serves a dual role. We start with God’s Word which provides the proper perspective for our session and always leads to how we can apply it to our current circumstances. We both grow in the process.
You don’t need a degree in theology for this approach, you can learn together. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. (Ecc. 4:9) My mentoring has increased my knowledge of the God I serve.
I am grateful to God for the opportunity to serve Him and become a better Christian through that service. I still have much learning and growth to do, as we all. I would urge you that if you also need to progress in your faith, consider taking that journey with a fellow believer in a mentoring capacity. I promise you won’t regret it. Focusing on the needs of others gives us a proper perspective on our life and faith.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ec 4:9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
[i] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Lk 6:38). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.