Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Hebrews 13:17
BIBLE READING HEBREWS 13:17-18
17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you.
18. Pray for us; for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
As Christians, you must be careful when making the choice of who to disciple you.
Success in a discipline is not enough reason for anyone to qualify as your coach and mentor.
The first thing you should consider is the spirituality of the fellow – how is his/her relationship with God? (2 Corinthians 6:14) says:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
You must also be sure that the vision of the person’s life aligns with yours.
A close look at all the people God paired together for a discipleship relationship in the Bible will reveal that both had similar assignments – Samuel and Eli, Elisha and Elijah, Joshua and Moses, David and Solomon, Timothy and Paul among others.
Allow God to lead you before approaching anyone to coach and mentor you.
After choosing a coach and mentor, always remember that no matter how great he/she is, the fellow is not God.
Whatever he/she says must be first sifted through the word of God before you adopt it.
My Father-in-the Lord always told us to ignore whatever he said that did not have a biblical backing.
You must be submissive to your coach and mentor, regardless of how much smaller he/she appears to be.
My Father-in-the-Lord was not educated, whereas I had a PhD in Mathematics.
When he said “Jump” I jumped the highest I could, without analysing his instruction with my PhD brain.
As long as whatever he said was in line with the word of God, I did it without asking questions.
You may even be more modern than your coach and mentor, still your obedience and submission must always be total in alignment with the word of God.
Lastly, ensure you pray for your disciples as well (Hebrews 13:18). He that watereth should be watered also (Proverbs 11:23).
Let God choose your coach and mentor for you. Allow the word of God provide guidance in the relationship.
BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 14:1-31, JOHN 15:1-27, JOHN 16:1-33, JOHN 17:1-26, MARK 14:1-72
HYMN: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee
Pure, warm and changeless be
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And grief around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul.
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