The Bible is very clear on the importance of mentorship. After all, this concept shows up over and over again. While the word is never used, it is obvious how important and powerful a mentor can be. In fact, the Great Commission commanded by Jesus to the Disciples makes it very obvious that mentorship is supposed to be a part of our daily lives:
“But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded to you; and low, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
In these verses, mentorship isn’t just alluded to through stories or actions, Jesus actually commands the disciples to work as mentors to others just as he had done for them.
There is a reason why study after study shows how powerful mentorship can be in the modern day. It is commissioned by the scripture itself. Mentorship has great power to change the lives of people for good. It also has great power to do damage, so it is vital that people understand how to be good mentors. That is something else we can learn from the scriptures. Jesus and many others give us examples of what a good mentor should be.
It is important to keep in mind that mentees can be of any age, old, young, accomplished, novice, experienced, or not. Everyone needs a mentor and everyone has something to learn. Mentorship is powerful and certainly should be used accordingly.