Note: As this is our first Service, we wanted to make clear our purpose with these posts. Much like Activations, Services will first provide thoughts on an idea, usually from a larger theme. We then put forward a challenge that offers the reader an opportunity to put the Bible and their relationship with God into action. If you want more information on Services, check out our Media page. We hope this information has been helpful. Now on to the Service:
Mentors and Apprentices
Throughout the Bible, we find two types of people: Mentors and Apprentices. The mentor teaches the apprentice and the apprentice serves and helps the mentor. Moses taught Joshua his ways (Exodus 17:14) and Joshua led Israel into battle (Exodus 17:9-10). Elijah took Elisha on as his follower (1 Kings 19:16, 19) and Elisha assisted Elijah (1 Kings 19:21). Jesus called and taught his disciples and they went on to do greater things than he did (John 14:12). Paul mentored Timothy and then passed over leadership of Ephesus to him. It is a common theme throughout the Bible of the teacher and the student working hand-in-hand together.
Since mentors and apprentices are so often found throughout the Bible, we will start our Service challenge by focusing on various mentor/apprentice relationships, the lessons those relationships teach us and what we can do to put those lessons into action. With that in mind, here is your Service:
Mentor or Apprentice? Which are you?
Identify where you are at in your walk with God. Are you in a mentor season, having learned enough of something from God to pass it on to others, or an apprentice season, needing and willing to learn something new to further your walk in God's Kingdom? Do you feel somewhere in between? Don't have an idea? Pray for God to reveal if you are to be a mentor or an apprentice right now. When you know whether you are to be a mentor or apprentice do the following:
Let us know what you find and if God leads you to someone. Also, if you have any suggestions for mentors and apprentices, share them below in the comments.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.