By William Ballard
Luke 16:10 (KJV)
10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
READING: Luke 16:10-12
During college (currently still attending), I was mentored through the online campus program, with the goal in mind that I would mentor (lead and coach) others. I was taught to look for people who were (Faithful, Available and Teachable). In general, this whole concept has been a handy guide. I have never had the time in any of our ministry development courses (lessons) to mentor all those who needed mentoring. It is wise to devote energy on those with the most potential for fruit, and those most likely to become fellow mentors (spiritual and ministerial leaders).
As I have looked for men to mentor, the (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) guideline has helped me to spot young men who seem receptive to one-on-one discipleship or other kinds of leadership development. I have observed how they handle a small responsibility, whether they follow through on simple commitments like the promise to attend a meeting or serve in working parties around the church, and whether they are open to suggestion or godly instruction.
I confess that I have battled a carnal desire to invest most heavily in the men I personally like. It has been a good discipline to learn not to run after the candidates I would prefer to lead and coach, but rather to prayerfully wait and allow potential “mentorees” to prove themselves by demonstrating their faithfulness and commitment.
I appreciate so much the faithful ones who poured themselves into my life back in the development of my Ministerial background. How privileged we are to keep that holy chain reaction going by finding and investing in a new generation of believers, a new generation of leaders, and a new generation of mentors.
Dear Father, Give me grace to focus my best attention on the people You want me to mentor. Amen!