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Summary: Quote: It is better to train ten people than to do the work of ten people. But it is harder. Moody.

Why Jesus Encouraged People to Seek the Mentorship of Godly People

Quote: A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.

M. Luther.

Quote: It is better to train ten people than to do the work of ten people. But it is harder.


1. Jesus knew that pupils tend to become like their teachers. Jesus said, "A student is not above his teacher, but every pupil when he is fully trained will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:40) Students tend to adopt their mentor’s ideas, attitudes and behavior. Ask the Lord to help you point people to experienced-godly teachers who can help them become all that the Lord wants them to be and do.

Illustration:Parishioners hard pressed for something to say to the clergy after the service have, according to one minister’s friend said to him, "You always manage to find something to fill up the time." "I don’t care what they say, I like your sermons." "If I’d known you were going to be good today I’d have brought a neighbor." "Did you know there are 243 panes of glass in the windows?" "We shouldn’t make you preach so often."

Arthur Myers in Berkshire Sampler.

2. Jesus knew that people can learn a great deal from the experiences of others. Jesus knew that the writer of Hebrews would write, "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." (Heb. 5:14)

Application:Ask the Lord to help you get around experts in the fields that you wish to develop in for vocational, ministry and spiritual reasons.

3. Jesus knew that people can learn a great deal of information through the example of a mentor. Jesus said, "I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you... Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them." (John 15:15,17)

Application: Ask the Lord to help you to get around spiritual servants who can teach them from their example.

4. Jesus knew that you can tell what people will be like by observing who they regard as their mentors. Jesus said to the Pharisees, Jesus said, "Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."(Matt. 15:14)

Application: Ask the Lord to help you avoid mentors that do not have spiritual fruit worth reproducing.

Illustration:William A. Ward has said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Progress Magazine, December 23, 1992.

5. Jesus knew that the best mentors are the ones with the best fruit. Jesus said, "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit."(Matt. 12:33)

Ask the Lord to give you the patience, discernment and wisdom to determine the best kinds of fruitful people to emulate.

6. Jesus knew that everyone needs to continue to seek greater knowledge and wisdom. When Jesus was twelve years old he pursued knowledge and wisdom in the temple. Luke writes of Jesus, "After three days his parents found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions... He said, "Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?" And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:46,49,52)

Ask the Lord to help you never stop growing in wisdom and knowledge by refusing to get around more mature mentors.

7. Jesus knew that all people need counsel from Godly people. The Lord Jesus remembered the words of Solomon who wrote, "For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure." (Prov. 11:14)

Ask the Lord to help you consult many godly advisers before you make important decisions.

8. Jesus knew that associating with wise people helps everyone become wiser. The Lord Jesus remembered the words of Proverbs 13:20 which says, "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm."

Ask the Lord to help you to associate with wise people in all areas of life so that you can be better able to carry out the whole will of God for your life and ministry.

9. Jesus knew that spiritual people have a hungry appetite for more righteousness. Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matt. 5:6)

Application: Ask the Lord to help you get around righteous, honest and upright people who can help you be more complete in Christ.

10. Jesus knew that we must be humble in order to be teachable. The Lord Jesus remembered the words of David who wrote, "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way." (Psa. 25:9)

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