Day 1 // Exodus 18

Focus

Who has God used in your life to show you His character and His will?

Read // Exodus 18

Reflect

If you were at Trinity on Sunday, you heard the youth give a powerful testimony on mentorship. Webster defines a mentor as a “trusted counselor or guide.” One who comes alongside you not to control, but to guide. This person does not live your life for you, but gently helps you navigate through the potholes and the obstacles of life.

Moses acted as a mentor to Joshua. In this passage, we see Jethro acting as mentor for Moses. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, was a true mentor and friend. When he saw Moses wearing himself out doing something that others could do just as well, he plainly said, “The thing that you do is not good.” His concern for his son-in-law’s health would not allow him to stay quiet.

The Church today needs to return to the practice of mentoring. Paul was a mentor to such young men as Timothy and Titus. In fact, he considered them “sons” (1 Tim. 1:2,18; 2 Tim. 2:1; Titus 1:4). To the senior women of the church he commanded, “the older women likewise, that they . . . admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Titus 2:3-5).

If you are a little further along in the faith, find someone who would be interested in learning from your experiences. If you are somewhat new to faith, seek out the wisdom of a believer who is a little further along. Everyone should have someone they are following and someone they are leading.

Who are you following? Who has permission to guide you, mentor you, and speak life into your current situation?

Who are you leading? Who are you raising up to follow Christ boldly?

Pray

Lord, please bring people into my life who I can mentor in the faith as well as those who could mentor me. Give me faith to trust you are at work in these people and help me to follow you into these relationships.”

Apply

Find someone who you can mentor at Trinity. Talk with Diane, Chris, Joel or Tanner about how you can support the faith of the youth in our community.