mandag 5. desember 2016

What did the mentor do with the deposit?

If the emphasis is on coaching, the coach does not need to know much about the area in which the coachee wants to improve. Coaching is all about holding the coachee accountable for the goals he has set for himself, and challenge him by asking the right questions. 

A mentor will also do this when it is necessary, but he/she works as a role model for those whom he/she is mentoring. A mentor has in other words personal experience from the field he/she supervises.

If the entrusted good deposit, which Paul describes for Timothy, is the gospel, it is important to ask what he did with the deposit that was entrusted him. He actually wrote a bit about that, and yesterday I quoted:

And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
2 Tim 1:11
Paul saw himself holding three different roles in relation to the gospel. I believe it will be helpful to look at them separately, so today I start with

The Mentor was a Herald of the Gospel
A herald is defined as a ‘messenger vested with public authority, who conveyed the official messages of kings, magistrates, princes, military commanders, or who gave a public summons or demand, and performed various other duties. In the NT God's ambassador, and the herald or proclaimer of the divine word.’ (1)

This is an important insight for all who proclaim the gospel. We do not represent ourselves, but him who is greater than everything. This was of extreme importance for Paul, and he stressed it on many occasions, like e.g. here:

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2 Cor 4:3-5
It will be good to read the whole passage (2). There he also writes that ‘we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us’. In myself I am like a fragile jar of clay, but I am still a Herald for the King of kings.

‘Manna’ for today:

I am fragile in myself, but strong in him!
* The War Cry is in Russian called ‘Vestnik Spasenia’, which means ‘Herald of Salvation’
(1) Ref. Strong’s Concordance.
(2) 2 Cor 4:1-15

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