I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20 ESV)
I d like to state that mentoring is a supernatural occurrence in the lives of ordinary people with a faith in an extraordinary God, and it begins with the most peculiar of circumstances.a funeral, not someone else s but our own. We have been crucified with Christ, that is the time and place where we died, and we are not just speaking vaguely about it in a poetic sense. We died! Our rebellious will and desire was executed on the cross along with whatever held the highest seat of our heart s affections as well. We no longer live! Yet, we are alive because Jesus lives. The life we live now, today with our all of our moral failures and self-righteousness is still one to be lived by faith.
All of our intellectual and physical capacities, as well as most of those around us hesitate at the logic and logistics of mentoring in an at risk community. It does not make sense. This is precisely why I believe mentoring to be a great display of God s redemptive power in the lives of His children. The role we play as Mentors speaks more clearly to the power of God to save, and move the hearts of men to love as He has loved us than it does to any intellectual or physical argument. It is an act of faith, nothing short of a miraculous as the Father uses our efforts to display His love for those that are far, broken, weary and heavy laden.
I pray that we see the drive to pick up our Mentee, the time we spend throwing the ball around, talking at the park, or even the times we come find no one home and a number no longer in service as evidence of God working through us for His glory and all of our good.
The lives we now live are ones to be carried out in faith, trusting that God is working in us and through us regardless of the results.
I pray the Spirit opens our eyes to see the Son, who loved us and gave himself for us more clearly as we give of ourselves through mentoring.