Tozer Devotional

Sun, May 13, 2018

Maturity: The Goal of Mentoring

Every believer has had or will sometime have the experience of leaning hard on the example of someone wiser and more spiritual than himself and looking to him for counsel and guidance in the Christian life.

This is good and scriptural and not to be condemned. Happy is the newborn babe in Christ who can find a pure and holy soul whom he can take as a model and from whom he can learn the ways of the kingdom. Such a one can act as a mentor to save the young Christian from many mistakes and pitfalls into which he otherwise might fall.

Much is said about this in the Scriptures and many examples are found there. Joshua had his Moses, Elisha had his Elijah and Timothy his Paul. It speaks well of the humility of the younger men that they were willing to learn and of the patience of the older ones that they were willing to teach. Had Moses, for instance, withdrawn his company and refused to be bothered with the young Joshua the history of Israel would have been different, as it would have been also if Joshua had been too proud and self-assured to sit at the feet of Moses.

The master-disciple relationship is normal and wholesome up to a given point; after that it becomes harmful both to the master and to the disciple. A tiny babe at the breast is a beautiful and natural thing to see, but a four-year-old child that has not been weaned is doing injury to itself physically and psychologically. Such an abnormality would reflect on the child's intelligence and on the competence and wisdom of the mother.

Verse

Ephaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12

Thought

As the one mentored matures, the mentor moves from personal instruction and modeling to an emphasis on prayer. Epaphras wrestled in prayer for the Colossian believers that they might "stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured."

Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for those You have used in my life to encourage me toward maturity.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 6 - Let No One Become Necessary to You

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