How to Choose a Mentor

A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor.

Timothy had three primary mentors in his life. Paul, his mother and grandmother, and the Scriptures all served as his experienced and trusted advisors.

Paul’s Example

The negative character traits of the false teachers are on display in the first verses of 2 Timothy 3. They remind us that not all mentors should be followed.

“Influencer” describes people who use social media to promote a product, a way of life, and themselves. They are influencing millions of “followers” on their media platforms.

We do well to evaluate “influencers” in today’s culture with Paul’s examples of false teachers and Timothy’s mentors.

What was Paul’s influence on Timothy’s life?

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

My persecutions, and my sufferings, the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them (2 Timothy 3.10-11).

Paul offered Timothy the example of his character, goals, teaching, and behavior.

Think of “influencers” in your life, whether they are politicians, religious leaders, or media personalities.

— Do you want to imitate their character traits?

— Are their goals in life worthy of the investment you will have to make to be like them?

— Do they provide information that is beneficial?

— Is their behavior exemplary?

Timothy had the example of his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice (1 Timothy 4.5). These two godly women taught Timothy the Scriptures at an early age.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

And how from childhood you have known sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3.14-15).

Mentored by the Bible

Timothy had the best combination of human and divine instruction. Paul, along with his mother and grandmother, provided a powerful example.

God spoke to Timothy through the Bible.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

So that the person of God may be proficient, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3.16-17).

Verse 16 is one of the most frequently quoted Bible verses in church history. It was cited over 100 times in the literature of the church fathers.

We can trust the Bible to be God’s word because he breathed his thoughts into it. The Bible may come to us with the vocabulary of Paul, Luke, or Isaiah. Nevertheless, all of it is God’s message to humans.

We have the opportunity to be mentored by God, when we read, meditate, and pray about what we have read in the Bible.

I am grateful for the many mentors who have enriched my life. However, the best mentor is God’s living word to humans.

A daily practice of reading and talking to God about what we have read in the Bible is the best mentor any human could ask for.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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