I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Yesterday, we thought about those incredible people who have invested in us. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are today without the investment of others who took a chance on us and helped us understand our identity and calling in Jesus. Today, I want to flip the script. In God’s economy, we are blessed in order to bless others. Our spiritual health doesn’t only depend on having a mentor, it also depends on being a mentor.
You and I have walked through some tough experiences in our lives, but we aren’t the only ones. I may have just taken an exit ramp off the highway someone else just entered. They don’t know where to go, what to do, or how to navigate the challenges facing them. But by the grace of God, you and I do. We have a story to tell. We have the ability to share how God has been faithful. You and I may not have a playbook, a list of steps, or an action plan for them, but we’re a living testimony that God is always faithful.
Someone needs you! Is it a family member? Someone who lives in your own home? Or is it someone you work with? What about someone in your group? Paul expected that on the day Jesus returns, He would be proud of his work of investing in others by helping them hold fast to their faith. We don’t have to be Bible scholars to encourage others in their faith, just people who love Jesus and are willing to share the hope, joy, and love we find in Him.
Spend some time praying for one person in your life that you know is going through a rough patch. How can you encourage them? Who are the people in your life that you are regularly investing in?