I was reading through Luke chapters 8-9 this morning. Mentoring is on my mind, so naturally I noticed the following.
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. . . .
When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. . . .
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out. . . .When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves. . . .
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray
— Jesus had a crowd of disciples, but from that larger group he focused much of his efforts on 12. But even in that group of 12, he focused much of his effort on three.
— Jesus empowered and then sent his disciples out on a difficult and dangerous journey. After the journey was completed he took them away to a private place and debriefed the mission.
— Although Jesus interacted with large crowds on occasion, he was not enamored with them. He was much more interested in focusing his time and energy into a few people who could and would make a major difference in the days to come. He was not afraid to challenge those he was mentoring, to make things a bit uncomfortable and to “push them out of the next.” And he gathered them up afterwards to to guide, strengthen and encourage them.
— Being a mentor must have been frustrating on occasion for Jesus. How many times did his disciples miss the point! They so didn’t get it.
— Being mentored by Jesus often meant going on dangerous journeys. He is the dangerous mentor!
Who is in our sphere that God is calling us to mentor? Our children or nephews and nieces are a great place to start. What about someone at church or at work or in the neighborhood? What obstacles prevent you from initiating strategic relationships like Jesus did? Be honest with yourself! My reasons are pretty lame. Are yours? Are you willing to love others like Jesus did? To invest the time, energy and sacrifice? To take risks and expose them to risks? To follow the dangerous mentor on a dangerous journey?