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By Ben Bohart
Ben Bohart 

Pastor's Corner

Make time to listen to God’s voice


January 12, 2017 | View PDF

“Come and Follow Me”... “Go and Make Disciples”... But How?

We have a “follow me” faith. That is, we learn about relating to God, freedom in Christ, hope of resurrection, forgiveness of sin, loving our neighbor, prayer, worship, etc. through following others. Having spent ten years in the construction industry as a painter I had a number of teachers, and in turn I trained up many apprentices. An unsupervised apprentice in any trade can be a danger to themselves and others. They can cost the contractor thousands of dollars in a few minutes. However, with good supervision they can do amazing work safely and efficiently. Granted, a person may learn various skills on their own and become reasonably proficient, but rarely do people learn the “tricks of the trade” without help. Nor can an athlete master a sport without years of good coaching. Likewise, a faith mentor can be invaluable as we discern God’s unfolding plan for our life and navigate various challenges along the way.

You may be thinking, “Yes, a coach might be helpful, but who is qualified to tell me how to live my life and why should I bother to listen to him/her?” Maybe you have even been burned by a leader in the church and finding a mentor sounds a bit scary. I’m not suggesting you find a Bible drill sergeant and begin taking orders. Look for someone with wisdom and insight, someone you can trust to guide you to hear God’s voice on your own, someone who can help you avoid dangerous pitfalls. Most importantly look for someone you admire.

Start by asking, “Who is the most godly person I know?” Ask that person to prayerfully consider mentoring you. If they agree, set a goal to pray for each other regularly and to meet in a safe place say once a week this year and see what God does. Begin and end each meeting with prayer, and make time for silence to listen for God’s voice (This is the most important part). If they flat refuse because they feel unworthy or unqualified, don’t be deterred. Those are qualities of their humility and readiness. If you meet for awhile and something feels off, that’s ok too. Try asking someone else. A good mentor/mentee relationship can be hard to find, but having been both mentee and mentor I can think of no greater joy. God be with you.


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