1. Jesus made sure that beyond truth taught, the disciples acquired the right attitude toward God and their ministries. The Lord Jesus knew that it was not enough for the disciples to learn ideas without embracing the best disposition found in their Master. Jesus said, "If you hold - develop deep convictions - to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know (experience) the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31,32) Ask the Lord to help you develop a Christ like attitude and positive belief in your disciples.
2. Jesus made sure that He went about constructing the disciples' outlook and ministry patterns so that they would reflect His own thoughts, beliefs and actions. Jesus said, "A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:40) The Lord helped His disciples embody His whole way of life by associating with them in all aspects of His personal and ministry lifestyle. Ask the Lord to help you develop a more transparent mentoring relationship with your disciples.
3. Jesus let His love for God be the standard by which He loved His disciples. Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you. By this will all men know that you are my disciples." (John 13:34,35) Ask the Lord to help you love God more so that you can demonstrate greater love for your disciples.
4. Jesus modeled every aspect of what he intended His followers to learn, become and accomplish. Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, so send I you." (John 20:21) Ask the Lord for the strength to set an example in your love, joy and ministry fruit bearing.
5. Jesus focused more on the disciples potential than on their weaknesses. Even though the Lord knew each of the disciples' shortcomings He chose to accentuate their strengths. Jesus said to Peter, who had denied Him three times, "Feed my sheep." (John 21:15-17) The Lord helped produce a disciple that would write, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him." (2 Pet.1:3) Ask God for help focusing on positives instead of negatives.
6. Jesus developed mental, affective, behavioral, spiritual and especially character development in His disciples. Peter wrote about His mentor, "We can participate in His divine nature through faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love." (2 Pet. 1:4-7) Ask the Lord to help you develop a holistic approach to mentoring.
7. Jesus balanced instruction with supervised practical applications. Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my lambs." (John 21:16) Mentoring is inadequate unless disciples have a chance to develop leadership with responsible ministries. Ask the Lord to give your disciples plenty of field education in evangelism, disciple making and planting and growing churches.
8. Jesus resisted any attempts to institutionalize His mentoring. The Lord said, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men." (Matt. 4:19) Christ's mentoring involved a committed relationship that involved people 24 hours a day.