Bible Verse: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:1-13

Jesus carefully selected and enlisted those he was going to train and send into the world to carry on his work. He selected them after prayerful consideration. The selection was based not on educational qualifications but on a willingness to spend time with Jesus as he called them to follow him (Matthew 4:19-20).

Even later, after the resurrection of Christ when they launched into their ministry, the religious authorities observed “that [Peter and John] were unschooled, ordinary men…and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). He limited those he selected to a manageable number of twelve (Luke 6:13-17). He also selected a smaller group of three—Peter, James, and John—who were invited to a deeper interaction with Jesus than the other disciples.

The implications for mentoring are that a mentor should carefully select those on whom he will focus more attention for development. The mentor is well advised to be prayerfully selective so that he will ultimately have those as mentees who are divinely suited for the given time. However, the fact that Judas the betrayer was also among those who Jesus selected can help the mentor discern that even if we take precautions in the selection process, the mentee may ultimately choose a different path.

Is there anyone who has selected me and drawn me near as a mentee? How have I responded to that invitation?

Who is the Spirit of God bringing to mind right now that I should prayerfully consider inviting to walk life close with me?

— Rainer Mittelstaedt in Ministering Forward: Mentoring Tomorrow’s Christian Leaders (Word Alive, 2017).

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