Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
“Every follower of Christ needs a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy.”
In other words, it is essential for us as christians to have a mentor, someone we can mentor, and an accountability partner to walk with us through all of it.
Our Paul is someone who has been through many of the ups and downs that this life has to offer. They have gone through the struggles that we will soon face and have come out stronger. They build into our lives and invest in our future. They offer a listening ear, advice and a helping hand. They share with us, mourn with us and celebrate with us. “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7
Our Barnabas is like a christian best friend. They are someone who is at the same stage of life as you and can relate to you. They keep you accountable and vice versa. Share what you are learning with them and build off of each other. Spend time with them, serve with them and learn with them. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Lastly, and something I feel very convicted about is the recipient of our mentorship; Timothy. In the U.S., a study was done by LifeWay Research in 2007 that revealed “more than two-thirds of young adults (aged 23-30) who attend a Protestant church for at least a year during high school will stop attending church regularly for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22. (McConnell)” I believe that throughout high school and afterward, mentorship and an accountability partner can keep this age group from falling into that statistic. Even so, God places people of all ages on our hearts to mentor to. Who has God placed on your heart?
Sometimes, we learn for ourselves the best when we teach. Make yourself available for this person, pray for them, make time for them, invite them and even spoil them. Become the person that they look up to. Love them, encourage them and invest in them. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
No matter our age, we always need these three people in our lives. Find these people and keep them close.
Spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal your Paul, your Barnabas, and your Timothy. Pray for them. Arrange a time to meet with them. This can simply be a meeting over coffee and talking about life, or maybe plan to do an activity together. Simply let God’s love flow through you, show them that you are invested in their lives and willing to allow them to build into yours.