One of the many ways that God develops us is through the wisdom of others as His wisdom and teaching is shown to us through those people we look up to.
1 Peter 5:1-11 is one of many passages that stresses the importance of mentoring others and being available to God to shape others into His image.
“Therefore, I strongly urge the elders among you [pastors, spiritual leaders of the church], as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory that is to be revealed: shepherd and guide and protect the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God;
and not [motivated] for shameful gain, but with wholehearted enthusiasm; not lording it over those assigned to your care [do not be arrogant or overbearing], but be examples [of Christian living] to the flock [set a pattern of integrity for your congregation].
And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ) appears, you will receive the [conqueror’s] unfading crown of glory.
Likewise, you younger men [of lesser rank and experience], be subject to your elders [seek their counsel]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron],
for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], BUT HE GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.
But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack–rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be].
To Him be dominion (power, authority, sovereignty) forever and ever. Amen.”
1 PETER 5:1-11 AMP
Who are those mentors in your life that have helped you get to the place you are today in your relationship with Christ? It may be a mentor, a teacher, a pastor, a family member, or a close friend that has invested their wisdom, knowledge and experience into your life.
As for me, my main mentor in Christ has always been my mother. Growing up, she never drank and never cursed. She is always kind to other people and she constantly goes out of her way to help strangers. Even prayed for them if she was called to do so.
I used to be so naive. I didn’t understand why she was not more like the world. Meanwhile my friends could do certain things that my mother would not allow me to;
I used to think to myself “why is my mom different from my friends moms?!”
Letting such thoughts aggravate me to the extreme.
Fast forward, now being 25 years old;
I can look back and truly say, THANK YOU GOD! He blessed me to be able to grow up in a family with an wonderful example of how Christ wants us to live.
Yet, strong in Him!
Take time to remember those key people God has placed in your life. Never forget the investment they have made in you. ❤️