Leviticus 18:3: You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.
God, in the focus verse was giving the children of Israel some dos and don’ts, how to act, who to associated it, how to practice their religion. He wanted them to see him as their mentor.
Jesus Christ said: come onto me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest, learn from me because I am lowly on heart, and humble and you will find rest for your soul (Matthew 11:27-30).
He was saying allow me to mentor you, allow me to change you from inside out. To Peter and Andrew, Jesus said: follow me and I will make you fish for men (Mark 1:16-17). The highest call is the call to follow Jesus. He is the ultimate example there is. The book of Hebrews said we should look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him, embraced the cross, despising the shame (Hebrews 12:2).
Paul said: follow me as I follow Christ (1Corinthians 11:1). He was “followable” because he followed Christ, who is the wisdom and the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24). When you are in need of wisdom, James says that you can ask God who is liberal in giving it out. God wants you to have your gaze on him, to have your heart set on him.
Before the fall of man, God was in the process of mentoring him. Both enjoyed unalloyed relationship with God, in whose image he was made. He had the capacity to relate to and understand God. That capacity to relate with God is called love, while the understanding of God is through the avenue of instruction and learning.
Mentored in the love of God
God is love and it is by walking in love that we show we know God (1John 4:7-8). Because God is love, whatever mentoring he will give you will have to be related to love, to his nature. God has a limitless capacity to love. That is why the bible says that for God “so” loved the word that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The love of God caused him to give, to sacrifice his Son, hence when you are being mentored by God; you are led into increasing levels of sacrifice. That may not seem like something rosy, by even Jesus was not spared. He had to express the divine love of God to humanity and made the ultimate sacrifice of his own life.
If you are averse to making sacrifices, then you will not make full benefit of the mentorship of God. It is the mind of God to imbue you with increasing capacity to love and to make sacrifice. Jesus said that the greatest will the servant of all (Mark 10:42-45). And you cannot be the servant of all without being motivated by love.
After his resurrection, and before his ascension, Jesus appeared to some of his disciples, while they are in the Sea of Galilee, fishing, led by Peter, Jesus asked Peter do you love me? With that he was still mentoring him in love (John 21:15-19).
He said to them before his death: by this shall all men know that you make my disciples if you love one another (John 13:35). It is through love, growing in love, that the people will know that they are like God, that they are like Christ, as his disciples.
Mentored in the knowledge of God
When we are mentored by God, he allows us to be under the influence of others who will feed us with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15). If there is an urgent need at this time, it is to be to properly instructed in the ways of God.
Apollos though very knowledgeable in scriptures (Acts 18:24-28), had to, at a time, be submitted to the mentorship of Priscilla and Aquila, a husband and wife team. The bible recorded that he was very eloquent but knew only the truth about the baptism of John.
Priscilla and Aquila brought him under their wings to teach him the ways of God more accurately. He had zeal but he needed to be ungraded in knowledge. The truth, according to the bible, is that it is those who know their God that will be strong and do exploits.
In another place, the bible says that the children of Israel were shown the acts of God while God made his ways known to Moses (Psalm 103:7). He knows more than they do, and enjoyed a better relationship with God than the rest of the people. Note that there was a time when Moses cried out to God saying: show me your glory (Exodus 33:18); he wanted to know him more. Paul wrote about his desire: that I may know him (Christ) and the power of his resurrection.
There is no mentoring by God if we are no expansion in your understanding. Paul’s major prayer point for the church in Colossi, was for them to be filled with the knowledge of the will of God in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9).
A hunger and thirst for knowledge is a prerequisite to being mentored properly by God in knowledge. We cannot make our lives about other things, apart from the hunger for the knowledge of God, and prosper spiritually.
It is not the job of the pastor to read the bible for you; you have to feed on the scriptures yourself. A baby needs to be fed, but maturity has to do with feeding yourself, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you from the Word. It is the conviction you come to by yourself (your studies + instructions you received) not just what somebody forced down your throat that will help you to stand strong against the falsehood coming at this time.
Hosea admonished: “let us know the Lord, let us pursue the knowledge of God (Hosea 2:20, 6:3).” When it comes to knowledge we need to constantly seek renewal. There is more and more to know about God about his plans so that we can effectively walk with him.
- God’s Love (weareabundantly.wordpress.com)
- Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:1 – 4, 18 – 28) (rmhic.wordpress.com)
- God Makes Straight the Crooked (brodschmitz.wordpress.com)
- Hell Is For Real, My Friend! (pilgrimpassing.com)
- Peek into a Man’s Heart: #2 Men need a strong Christian Woman (howtomakeafruitsalad.wordpress.com)
- Love: re-defined (cubebites.wordpress.com)
- All God’s compassion is aroused (seohyuntack74.wordpress.com)
- Did you know that God loved us at our worst? (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
- God Desires Mercy and not Sacrifice (idkh.org)
- Your Enemies Are Worthy of Your Love – Deal With It! (rjowles.wordpress.com)