God as a Mentor Part I
- Monday, 29 October 2012 18:54
For us old schoolers Ralph Macchio in the original Karate Kid needed to learn how to kick some tail quickly. “Wax on and Wax off” didn’t appear like a training technique that would mold him into the next Bruce Lee. Or how about Jaden Smith in the new Karate Kid – “Jacket on and Jacket off” appeared to show him how to dress the bullies more warmly than teach him to whoop on ‘em.
A mentor introduces us to a world that we have seen from afar but have never experienced. A mentor will use methods and techniques that seem completely unrelated to our goals. This concept is elementary – think about it – if you knew the method or technique to get you to the next level there would be no need for a mentor.
The ultimate mentor is GOD. Now don’t tune me out by thinking how in the world can He become my mentor. The most famous of all scriptures – John chapter 3 verse 16 lays out the eligibility requirements to be on His team. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV) The moment you believe in Him and turn your life over to Him – game on.
The Bible is the primary tool He uses to help us cultivate our belief system, to correct our actions when we’re off and to clearly communicate the idea that there is nothing that can prevent us from living the amazing life he has created for us – we must just learn how to live it out. The Bible is a television reality show in writing. It contains many God selected stories of people’s lives; how they lived, what they did or did not do, how they related to each other, to life challenges. Although these have happened thousands of years before, God chose these stories to be used as tools in His mentorship training. Reading His Word is more than just a religious practice; it is a way of life.