In recent weeks I have been sensing that the Holy Spirit is leading me into new territory personally and spiritually, as I continue to strive toward greater maturity in my relationship with Him. As I’ve tried my best to follow His lead, I have stumbled across some important truth’s that I believe would be beneficial for anyone wanting to become more effective in the Lord’s service.
One of the insights that Holy Spirit has brought to my attention (again) is the need for a spiritual Father-figure, or a “Life Coach”, if you will. In his book, Practicing Greatness, Reggie McNeal describes the “discipline of belonging”, wherein he explains the inner need of all of us to have someone in our lives who serves as a Father-Figure and coach for life. He states, “Sometimes we choose these special people in our lives. Sometimes they choose us. The important thing is to be on the lookout for these “Jethros” in our lives” (p. 137).
Background Info: In Exodus 18 we see the story of Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, coming to him and giving him sound advice and wise counsel regarding his leadership strategy. In v. 17 Jethro told Moses, “What you are doing is not good.” He went on to coach Moses in a more effective way to lead and do ministry.
We all need a “Jethro” in our life, those who are older, more mature, and “have been there before” and lived to tell about it! BTW, this principle applies to both men and women! Larry Stockstill, in his book The Remnant writes,
“All Christians can have a source of help for making decisions and seeking direction. Then, when they have found their spiritual fathers, they can in turn look for peers, perhaps a little younger than they, who desperately crave affirmation. Thus a chain of empowerment and accountability will be set up…” (p. 10).
What would happen if we not only sought after our spiritual fathers, but also looked for opportunities to be a spiritual father for someone else, perhaps who is new in the faith, or someone who has never enjoyed this kind of relationship? I believe the possibilities are huge! That’s why I’ve recently asked someone whom I highly respect and who has been “successfull” in ministry to be my “Jethro.” Who is your “Jethro”? And whom are you being a “Jethro” to?
Actually, come to think of it… doesn’t this sound familiar [Read Matthew 28:19-20 again very carefully]. Don’t you think it kind of sounds like being a “disciple of Jesus Christ?” I think so. Hmmm… Perhaps we’re on to something?