RAISING ENDURING DISCIPLES “I remember your sincere and unqualified faith which first lived……” (II Tim 1:5).
Mentors are encouraged to ensure they leave good mark on their mentees because of their great influence on them. No wonder parental influence play important roles in the raising of children in life. The seed you’re sowing today will continue to grow in them lifelong and likewise in your grandchildren too. In II Timothy chapter 1, Apostle Paul saw the huge potential in Timothy and picked him up for mentoring. He did so not because of his selfish gain, but for eternal purpose. He didn’t forget to give credit to the childhood mentorship provided by Timothy’s grandmother (Lois) and his mother (Eunice). This is a food for thought to mothers (including fathers) of today. The question is: what type of training are you giving your children? But be doubly sure that whatever you sow is what you’ll reap. Now, what does it take to raise a godly and enduring mentee like Timothy?
-It takes a role model. Humans tend to mirror (copy) actions than talks. Timothy was not only given godly and right counsels, he practically observed them in his mother and grandmother’s lives. Therefore, if it’s to live in your children and mentees, they must first see it living in you. Your mentees have a ‘built-in detector’ that picks up on fakes and reject them, but honest compliance to the Word will magnetise them.
-It takes the teaching of God’s Word. Unfortunately there’s no alternative to this Beloved. Psalm 119:9 says: ‘How can a person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I believed that Timothy’s mother and grandma planted the Bible in the receptive ground of his heart before the surrounding junks could get to him. What you feed your mentees (followers) with, will go a long way to determine their action (s). You don’t need to go too far digging for examples or relevance because the event of January 6, 2021 in America is a practical example. Therefore, invest quality time in the life of your disciples today in order to find good replacement of yourself when you will no longer be around.