WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING? – THE MIND OF A MENTEE
Joh 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’
Joh 1:31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Joh 1:32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.
Joh 1:33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
Joh 1:34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Joh 1:35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
Joh 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
Joh 1:37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
Joh 1:38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
Joh 1:39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
Types of Mentorship and Biblical examples
Moses and Joshua
Moses gave Joshua a lot of practical experience in dealing with the affairs of Israel to groom him into what he was to be which was the future leader
Elijah and Elisha
Elisha basically forced himself under Elijah because he wanted what he had and he even got more. Similar to this message today.
Paul and Timothy
Paul took timothy under his wing and gave him a lot of practical application in the Church age.
From these examples and generally the bible you would see that there are to basic categories of mentorship.
The Mentor Approach – when the older takes up the younger and trains him/her
The Mentee Approach – the younger sees the older and sticks to him/her
We will deal with the latter of the two approaches in this message. THE MENTEE APPROACH
The Biblical Scenario Here with the charachters involved
John the Baptist – The forerunner (previous mentor)
Jesus Of Nazareth – The Christ (the new mentor)
Two disciples of John – The followers (the mentees)
The signifigance of the Disciples leaving John
1. Looking for Growth
The disciples of John would have been working with him for a while and knew that he was the forerunner and he was proclaiming the comming of the Lamb of God.
Wether they were there the day before when the spirit came upon Jesus does not matter because John proclaimed the person whom he was talking about all the time.
They seemed to have a hunger for growth and advancement in their spiritual life. When they saw the lamb of God, they say something the wanted.
2. Moving on
Being a disciple of John would have meant that John was teaching them all that they needed to know about the Hebrew religion and Judaism and it’s prophecies. They would have gone through the process of teaching them about the prophecies of Iasiah and Micah that spoke about Jesus the Messiah comming into the land. There comes a time in every disiples life that they may have to move to another mentor to take them to the next level.
It’s like moving form standard 4 to standard five. The standard 4 teacher has taken you as far as he/she can take you at that level and it’s time for you to move on to the next level in your schooling. Even in your training at tertiary level, some lecturers can only take you so far and when you realise that they have no more to give you, there is a need to move on to more experienced people because those are the ones that are going to get you to the next level.
The same was the case for the disciples of John, they were looking for the continuation of their growth and they saw it in Jesus.
The question Jesus asked Them
Jesus asked them, what are you seeking?
Any good mentor should always ask what the mentee is desirerous of.
They answered, where are you staying?
They wanted to know where he was because where Jesus is where the anointing of the Holy Spirit is. It is where the way is. It is where the truth is. It is where life is. When John called him the lamb of God he was showing them that this is the lamb of God that has been prophesied of. They wanted to be partakers of the privalleges of the lamb of God.
Where did Jesus really stay? Physically we are not too sure, he was a sort of roaming prophet in most people’s eyes. Spiritually Jesus stayed in tune with the will of his father. He was the perfect Jew and moved in accordance with what his father commanded him to do. He was always in the will of God. When we claim to follow Jesus we should be always following what he did… which was being before his father and accomplishing the will that his father set out for him to do. That takes dying to self because as Romans 6 would show us, we are crucified WITH HIM.
The response Jesus Gave them
Here is the response Jesus gave them. He says come and you will see. He did not give them a direct location and answer. Basically Jesus is saying HAVE FAITH AND FOLLOW ME AND YOU WILL SEE. They would have had major reservations about what they were about do do because they did not know where they were going. The passage “for we walk by faith and not by sight” 2Co 5:7.
The thing about mentoring is that you are going to have to come out of the comfort zone that you are in and take a risk to follow someone else who you admire spiritually. You will have to submit to some of the things they submitted to to get there.
Later on in Jesus’ ministry there were some people who wanted to follow him and when he listed out wha tthey had to do, they couldn’t match up. He told the rich young ruler what to do and he couldn’t give up his riches.
He also told some people who wanted to follow him some harsh things.. but they are true.
Again we see him saying to those who want to follow him letting them know that they have to fit the criteria.
Luk 9:57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Luk 9:58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Luk 9:61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”
Luk 9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Sometimes your mentor is going to tell you some harsh things to spur you on to grow, but they may be true. When I was told that I had to read a lot of books to learn more about God and what some of the other biblical scholars views on particular topics, I was not happy because reading was lame to me. It was something that I did not have time for and something that I would not find joy in. Right now I am reading 4 books at the same time. If you don’t find me reading a biblical book at lunch time it is safe to assume that I am sick.
So Jesus told them to follow him blindly Just because of what they saw and heard.
The end result
The result was that they ened up seeing where he was staying and they stayed with him. The language used tends to lean to the understanding that they stayed and conversed and learned from him. They recieved from him and there is a specific time given in the passage also. What that would signify is that there was a particular time that they spent under the teaching of this man and they were open, ready and willing to be a part of his ministry. A day with Jesus is priceless!!!! I would love to spend a day with Jesus!!!
In mentoring we have to spend time with our mentors and recieve from them. It may not be always physical but the time interacting should be high when cummulated over time. The pouring out should be so intensely noticed over time that the mentee begins to do better than the mentor in some cases. We know this because Jesus himself said that “greater things than these you will do” meaning that hey, I AM TRAINING YOU DO GREATER MIRACLES THAN THESE.
Joh 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
What can we learn?
1. The Mentee saw something in his mentor that he desired for spiritual growth.
2. The mentee apporached the mentor
3. The mentee did something difficult that required change and faith
4. The mentee spent time with the mentor learning and applying
These disciples of John WILLFULLY submitted themselves to the Lord Jesus and followed him in faith. They learned from him because they wanted the growth that they were looking for spiritually. We as people need to first do as they did and sbmit to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ because they are all that pertaion to life (spiritual) and godliness becasue he is the way the truth and the life.
We need to secondly understand that there are people around us that have gone through some of the things that we are going through and we can learn from them by submitting to their guidance. That’s just for problems and overcomming. WHERE SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS CONCERNED we all have a part to play in the kingdom of God and we all have a call on our lives. If you are sensing the call and there are people who have a similar call among you and you know that they can help you it is reccomened that you approach them to mentor you. This example from the bible clearly shows that principle and how we can learn and grow from the mentorship that older or seasoned brothers and sisters in the faith can give.
I encourage you now to look at your life and see where you are. Some of us know where we should be but we have no taken the initiative to get there becasue we are lazy. What we need is someone to help push us, but we don’t want that because we are in a comfort zone. If you really want to get out of that comfort zone you need to get moving. One sure way to get moving is to have a mentor that you are accountable to and that you learn from. When you learn from them you will be challenged to grow by them and then you will begin to see growth in your spiritual life. A lot of us know who we can seek mentorship from but our pride stops us from asking because we want to feel like we have it all figured out. BUT YOU DON’T… THAT PRIDE IS HINDERING YOUR GROWTH!!
Prayerfully analyze and seek out the guidance of God to get someone who will make you do the hard things that compliment the refining and chiseling process that God has started in your life.