Sharpening Iron

by APC on January 21, 2015

Today we might look at our calendars and think, it’s still January. Either time is flying by at its normal pace, as it does throughout the remainder of the year, or we’re in a time-locked state where the days seem to crawl by. At this moment, we can stop and reflect—How am I doing on my New Year’s Resolutions?

If we’re struggling to keep those resolutions (self-inflicted or vowed to God), or even looking to develop our spiritual walk with God, one strategy we can employ to safeguard success is by obtaining a mentor.

As a best practice in life—goal/resolution attainment aside—we should all strive to secure a mentor to help with our spiritual walk. Most of the time we have these people already in our lives, but they haven’t officially donned the title “mentor” and/or we haven’t given them permission to fulfill this role in our lives.

A good rule of thumb is to find someone spiritually strong in their own relationship with the Lord. And, we need to obtain a mentor who has already accomplished what we’re trying to do for God and His
kingdom!

Get Sharp

Scripture states in Proverbs 27:17:

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend (KJV).

Get a mentor with experience! Our mentor should be spiritually sharp and a follower of the Word. Through his/her mentorship, s/he will continue to sharpen and mold us into a mighty weapon for the Lord’s kingdom. We shouldn’t look for a mentor with a dull blade. We need to pray that God will help us identify the right mentor that sets the right example.

Starting out in a mentor relationship, our weapons won’t be (and shouldn’t be) the same caliber as our mentor’s. Our mentor is the one who will show us best practices in our spiritual journey, strategies for attainment, and will help hold us accountable!

Get Wise

Proverbs 13:20 instructs:

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (KJV).

Our mentor needs to be carefully selected—if we maintain company with a mentor who is a fool, we too shall be unsuccessful. If we are who we hang out with, find someone who is spiritually sharp!

Get in Line

When we find the right mentor, we need to give them “veto” power in our life. If our mentor is going to hold us accountable, and help us strengthen our spirituality, s/he must be able to tell us what activities we shouldn’t participate in that could impede spiritual development. We should listen to our mentors, and validate their instruction with the Word of God. Remember, they are our mentor for a reason!

It’s never too late in the year to seek out the right mentor. The idea is just to start!

  • Pray—Ask for God to reveal and identify the right mentor for your life.
  • Ask—Ask your Pastor to recommend a mentor in the church.
  • Find—Seek our your mentor and negotiate the terms of your relationship.

We’re guaranteed to obtain a mentor if we just ask and make it a priority out to find one (Matthew 7:7–8). Set out today to start sharpening your iron. One day you too might just be that iron someone else is looking for.