Reading: John 14: 25-29
As we go through life, especially when we are younger, we find people that mentor and shape us. They are people who see something in us worth investing some of themselves in. They usually are older and have been through a little bit more of life so they carry wisdom and expertise with them. They are kind and loving and sacrificial people. Mentors help us navigate our careers, our families and relationships, our faith. If we have been mentored we are likely to become a mentor ourselves.
Jesus himself was a mentor. For the disciples and undoubtedly others who followed Him, Jesus mentored many in their faith and how to live it out. Indirectly Jesus continues to mentor each of us as we read His Word and apply it to our lives. But Jesus also knew that the disciples and eventually we would need more than memories or the written recording of them. He knew we would need an active and alive presence to continue to mold, shape, and guide us. So Jesus gave mankind the gift of the Holy Spirit. To all who call on Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Spirit comes and dwells within them. Once there the Spirit is the constant presence of Jesus, reminding us and teaching us about Jesus and the example He set.
As we think about the people who have poured into our lives, at some point we must also begin to become aware of those around us who could use someone to mentor and shape them. Other people have poured into us so that one day we too could pour into others. As we seek this our may we be open to how the Spirit guides and leads us in this as well, always remaining a willing and humble servant.