This is the 6th blog in a 7-part series on Mentorship and deals with the fifth and final criterion of the five criteria needed to be a good mentee and a good mentor: our discipline to change. BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE Dear friends, God’s Holy Word exhorts us to have...
This is the 6th blog in a 7-part series on Mentorship and deals with the fifth and final criterion of the five criteria needed to be a good mentee and a good mentor: our discipline to change.
Dear friends, God’s Holy Word exhorts us to have Biblical discipline. That same character quality is required to be a good mentor or mentee to others. The first four qualities are more of a mental mindset, whereas this criterion requires physical action. If we have Biblical discipline, then our actions reveal this quality. It is not black and white, “yes, I have Biblical discipline” or “no, I don’t have it.” It is a matter of degree – how much discipline focused on our spiritual growth do we have, as indicated by our daily actions.
I, for one, lack discipline in many areas. For example, exercise. I know that I “should” exercise every day, but most days, I don’t. When I am successful, it is usually because I have put myself under the care of a personal trainer. I think of it as “forced discipline.” I had the discipline to schedule a meeting with my trainer, and he is showing up at my doorstep at an agreed time, so I have to get up to do that thing that, left up to my own devices, I rarely do on my own. Another example is my daily quiet time. I know that it is critical to have one, but if it were not for you depending on me to post this blog daily, I might skip what I consider an essential part of my daily spiritual routine of connecting with Christ in a deep intimate way.
Here are some Scriptures that show us how important Biblical discipline is:
I hope that these scriptures inspire you and help you understand how important discipline is in our Christian walk. May God bless you as you seek to grow in discipline and in your walk with Christ.
FOUR QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE YOUR “DISCIPLINE TO CHANGE”--
Total Score ___ (Max. 100 points)
Based on your score, what actions are you going to take to grow your discipline to change?
ACTION STEPS EXERCISE
If you find that you lack some discipline to change, make a list of actions to take that will help you. Perhaps you can ask a mentor, spiritual advisor, pastor, or friend to help you brainstorm such a list of actions.
SHARE YOUR INSIGHTS WITH CHRIST AND OTHERS
Share these with Christ Jesus in your next quiet time, and share these with an earthly mentor. If you don’t have a flesh-and-blood mentor, and you think you are too old to have one, think again. Maybe that is an action you can take: Get several mentors here on earth. If you don’t see Christ as your mentor, and this is a new insight for you, as it was for me as I wrote this, then perhaps you want to formally ask for your relationship with Christ to go to the “next level” and ask for Him, the Perfect Mentor, to start mentoring you. And if you are not having a daily quiet time, perhaps you want to start with that baby step.
CONCLUSION (repeated from ALL previous posts in this series)
Until we are in heaven, we will need mentors. And others will need us to mentor them. May we all mentor others with the same skills and abilities that Christ had. May we all be as coachable as mentees as Christ was. And may all of us have mentors, and mentor others, helping Christ’s ministry leaders finish well. Amen. I believe this is God’s will in each of our lives. What do you think? I would love to hear from you on this subject. Feel free to write to me at the address below and share your thoughts.
Your aspiring servant,
August 6, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: For ease of reference, all scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.