I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Have you ever had a mentor? Someone who invested in you and wanted to see you grow in your faith and maturity in Christ? When I read Paul’s letters, I observe the longing of a father who wants to see his kids grow up to be children after the heart of God. I hear the encouragement of a coach who wants to see a player win. I feel the urgency of a military commander who points out the strategies of the enemy and gives marching orders that will lead to victory. If we’re going to stand strong for what we believe, we can’t do it alone!
Gordon Walls is one of those people in my life. He pushes me out of my comfort zone. He won’t let me settle and encourages me to keep dreaming. He reminds me to keep loving people like my life depends on it. When I’m worried about something or confused, he points me to Jesus. I can call him any time, day or night, and know I have an advocate and friend. He says this all the time, “Do it afraid.” I’m a more courageous follower of Jesus because Gordon Walls is in my life.
It takes courage to stand up for what is right, and our courage often fails when we go it alone. Solomon shared a similar sentiment in the book of Ecclesiastes. There is strength in numbers. We need each other to live a life of faith in Jesus! When I fall down, I need you to help me back up with prayer and encouragement. When you’re discouraged or walking through a season of loneliness, depression, or anxiety, you need me to encourage, pray for, and support you. Paul knew that he would be proud of Timothy for holding firmly to the word of life, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We all need someone rooting for us, encouraging and believing in us, to help us live out and stand strong for our faith!
Do you currently have someone in your life who is investing in your spiritual growth? Write down 3–5 names of people you would like to learn from. Then, reach out to one of them and invite them to connect with you over coffee or a Zoom call!