Happy New Year!
It doesn't seem possible that we will be writing 2015 on all our documents. My, how time has flown! This is how life is though. We think that we have all the time in the world to do what we want or need to do. We even think that it will take ages for our children to grow up. But, our children grow up fast, and the many things that we thought we would do don’t all get done. So, don’t let another year go by without doing everything you can to serve the Lord and show your love for others. Let me encourage you to start right now and focus on Active Relational Christian Mentoring in every area of your life. Whether you intentionally and actively mentor your daughter or mentor the neighbor down the street, don’t let this year go by without speaking into and investing in the life of another woman.
“He (Jesus Christ) gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing what is right. You must teach these things and encourage your people to do them, correcting them when necessary. …” – (Titus 2: 14-15). Mentoring includes teaching, encouraging and correcting when necessary. Jesus gave His life to free us from all sin, cleansing us with His blood, which was shed on the cross, so that we can spend eternal life with Him in Heaven. What a Sacrifice! The least we can do is share this Good News with others. But, it isn't just sharing the Good News for which we have a responsibility; it is the teaching and mentoring of others as to what it means to really live for Christ in a world that has run amuck.
As Christian women, we need to step forward to speak into the lives of other women, for at times it is hard to live in this world. However, we are never alone if we have Christ in our hearts. Moreover, we each have the ability to use the gifts and knowledge that God has given us to help others, and we have the ability to share the Good News. The Apostle Peter said, “Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God Himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. …” – (I Peter 4: 11). I certainly want to try to glorify God in everything I do. How about you?
Whatever gifts, skills, knowledge, resources, etc. that you have been given, I encourage you to use them this year to reach out to women who could use encouragement, support, comfort, knowledge, help, etc. This will give God glory. The Apostle John put it this way, “Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other, let us really show it by our actions. It is by our actions that we know we are living in the Truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord, even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything.” – (I John 3: 18-20).
Yes, it might be a sacrifice of your time and energy to actively mentor another woman. But, I assure you that the rewards are far above what you will ever give. So, this year please make an effort to reach out and mentor another woman for the Lord, whatever her age. For, it is through our personal sacrifice of time, energy that we can give the greatest gift of love which is the gift of ourselves for others. “God showed us how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” – (I John 4: 9-10). We honor that sacrifice of love by loving others as we love ourselves. This means that we should want others to know Christ as their Savior too. This means that we should be willing to teach, encourage, support, and help other women in order to empower them to be all they can be for the Lord.
If you have never asked Christ into your heart, I urge you to ask forgiveness of your sins; repent of the sins that you have committed and ask Christ to come into your heart. If you truly believe that Christ is the Son of God who died for your sins and was resurrected and is now back in Heaven with the Father, you can be “Saved” by asking Christ into your heart. Christ hears you and knows everything about you. There is truly nothing more glorious than knowing you are a child of God’s and will spend eternity in Heaven. I hope that 2015 is the year that you come to know Christ as your personal Savior. If you are already “Saved” I hope that 2015 is the year that you reach out to engage in Active Relational Christian Mentoring. Happy New Year!