Christians, Mentors, and Mentoring

Tim Challies | 4/17/2018 | Staff
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You hear a lot about the value and wisdom of seeking out older mentors to walk beside you on your Christian journey. Here are some thoughts and ideas about who should seek a mentor and who should be a mentor to the younger generations.

Does wisdom come only with age?

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Wisdom comes with age, absolutely. At least, biblically, we’re told that wisdom is with the aged. We’re often given these descriptions of wisdom coming with those who have passed through time. And yet, it doesn’t necessarily come. You can be an old fool and probably if you think of your life, you think of people you’ve known, you might know some people who are advanced in years, but not really advanced in wisdom. They might have been a little bit worldly wise in the sense they might have had a little bit of knowledge about how the world works, but that’s not the same as true wisdom. On the other hand, very young people can be very wise, if they’re turning consistently to scripture and really doing their best to understand what God says and to live according to his ways, calling upon God, calling upon His Spirit to indwell them, to teach them how to live according to scripture. So, I’d say there’s generally a relationship between age and wisdom, but there’s not necessarily a relationship between age and wisdom. Young people can be wise, elderly people can be foolish.

What is the role of seeking older mentors in gaining wisdom for a young person?

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We can grow in wisdom without the help of mentors because we’ve got the Word of God and we’ve got the Spirit of God dwelling within, so that is sufficient. On the other hand, there’s a lot of wisdom that can be gained by older Christians. And so,...
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