What to Look for in a Spiritual Mentor
- Thursday, August 11, 2011
For all that Solomon had materially, what I found most interesting was the amount of “press” he received for his wisdom.
[The Queen of Sheba] said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! (2 Chron. 9:5-7).
All the kings of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart (2 Chron. 9:23).
Royalty from around the world did not come to King Solomon to see his kingdom or be impressed by his riches. They came because of his wisdom. People with wisdom inspire others.
There are few men today who would command that much attention when it comes to their wisdom— Warren Buffett (legendary investor) in the world of finance, Jack Welch (former General Electric CEO) in business, Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple) in technology and the Reverend Billy Graham are only a few who may be singled out like that today.
While many of those minds have succeeded well financially, it is their knowledge, understanding and perception that others are motivated by, not their pocketbooks. Wisdom is not something anyone can put a price tag on nor compare to worldly riches.
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! (Prov. 16:16).
Solomon honored his God-given position, accepted the responsibilities given him and didn’t allow “advisors” or ungodly influence to persuade him from doing what was best in God’s eyes. That is what people with wisdom do.
Are we aligning ourselves with mentors (and friends) of this stature or are we following the crowd, being a groupie to the latest and greatest, trying to “fit in” with the world or seeking earthly treasures alone?
When you seek a spiritual mentor or a mentor of any kind, have the insight to find one who has wisdom.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed (Prov. 3:13-18).
Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel. An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback? Send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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