Father of peace, God of truth and love, I praise You because You are faithful to all of Your promises.
Read Exodus 18:1-27
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Tim. 2:2).
The visit of Jethro and the organization of the judges to assist Moses brings vital relief to the overburdened leader. It also brought a new leadership structure for the rabble of escaped slaves not yet united in an effective team, and a joyful reunion with Moses’ wife and children.
Jethro is more than just a father-in-law. As priest of Midian, he worships the one true God and acknowledges his saving power in the escape of the slaves. As a wise counselor, he sees the pressure Moses is under to lead the people. An expert in dispensing justice among his own tribe, he can give practical advice and a workable plan that Moses can implement. Moses needs to be taught how to set up a system of delegation–one of the basic skills of management. He must use the resources, skills and experience of others. For those who have responsibility for leading others, such gifts are greatly needed.
Mentors like Jethro are worth their weight in gold as they come alongside us, give us realistic advice, encourage us in our struggles, and bring their wisdom and experience to bear. Mentors are trusted friends, advisers or teachers, who are usually more experienced, but at a distance from the actual work we do. They share their lives, wisdom and skills with less experienced people to help them in their ministries, careers and education. Spiritual directors, pastors and counselors also provide us with a listening ear and encouraging support. Scripture gives several examples of mentoring relationships: Samuel, Barnabas and Jesus himself work alongside their younger charges to train and instill leadership gifts and qualities.
Do you need a mentor, or could you be one? List the qualities needed in a mentor, and think of possible people to approach. Pray about how to do this.
Lord, I thank You for those who have mentored me and have modeled to me the difference Jesus Christ makes in life.
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