Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Did you know that mentorship is a divine principle instituted by God? For those of you who follow the biblical path of spirituality you may have noticed the stories where mentorship played a key role in a person’s life or leadership. One of the most recognizable examples of mentorship is between Moses and Joshua. Backed up by the mighty, miraculous power of God, Moses led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, but it was his mentee, Joshua, who took them into the land of Canaan.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7).
Joshua was under Moses’ leadership until the day Moses died, then God called him to step into Moses place as leader, and lead the people into the Promised Land. You can read the full account in the book of Joshua in the Old Testament.
Another well-known example of mentorship that is recognized by many is Jesus with His disciples. As a matter of fact, many mentors and coaches use Jesus as their example of a great mentor. The scriptures are full of other stories that talk about, or demonstrate, the principle of mentorship. That should lead us to understand that it is a necessary part of our growth and development.
The act of mentorship is sacred and should not be entered into lightly. Mentorship is a relationship between two or more people where the most experienced imparts knowledge and wisdom to the less experienced.
There are three key elements to mentorship: Trust, submission and impartation.
There has to be mutual trust between the mentor and mentee if the relationship is going to work. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul exhorts them to imitate him as he imitates Christ’s example (1 Cor.11:1). Therefore, a mentor must prove himself trustworthy to be trusted by others. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).
Pray and seek wise counsel before submitting to anyone. Test them to see if they portray the character of someone you want to submit to. When you submit to another you open yourself to receive from them what they are imparting. Guard yourself. Do not submit to someone that you don’t respect or cannot trust.
The element of impartation involved in leadership must not be taken lightly because what’s on the head will flow down to the body. In other words the leader will replicate the good and bad things of his or her character to those who are submitted to them.
There are several people that I looked up to as role models, or mentors, in the past that have turned out to be great disappointments. They had certain character deficiencies and could not sustain the image that initially inspired me to want to follow them. The opposite is also true, there are several mentors who I continue to look up to because their character has stood the test of time.
Therefore it is important to prayerfully and wisely choose who you submit to as a mentor. You can work with someone without submitting to them and get great results, but mentorship is on another level that is designed to elevate you to your place of greatness.
A good mentor is a person of integrity who will raise the bar for your success. He or she should encourage you to perform at a higher level of excellence. The process of mentorship helps to mature and position you for superior realms of thought that will take you to greater levels of maturity for success, influence, power and progress. This requires you to function at a certain level of discipline that fine tunes self-control: mastery of your thoughts and emotions, and refines your character.
In the scripture verse above, God told Joshua to follow everything Moses taught him carefully so that he would be successful. This tells me that when we faithfully follow our mentors’ instructions our success is guaranteed. Failure to submit to this law will cause us to sabotage our own success.
As I wrote in my new book, Quiet Moments, before you try to imitate anyone, find out who you were created to be and become that person. Get to know the real unique, authentic version of your divine self and more through our mentorship program, Discover the True You, and take the limits off.
When God made us He gave us His nature. We obtain and retain that godlike nature only through Christ as we live in this world. If you have God’s nature why would you want to be like anybody else? Be careful who, or what, you are trying to measure up to, because in so doing, you may be lowering your standards.
The first step to being mentored is to learn to submit to a greater authority. Submit first to God and led him reveal to you who you should submit to. Are you ready to be mentored? I am waiting for you.