Just because you don’t have a spiritual mentor…doesn’t mean you’ve been forgotten.
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.”
Beloved daughter of the King, your Heavenly Father could never forget you.
Jesus’ nail-scarred hands are proof of that.
Yet I know what it’s like to feel overlooked, forgotten, or hidden in plain sight. For four-plus decades of my life, I longed to feel truly seen by someone who’d take the time to invest in me. So I realize what a difficult thing I’m asking. I’m asking you to give to others the very thing you wish you’d received.
Yet ultimately, it isn’t me who’s asking.
The One who promised you He’d never leave you or forsake you, and then etched your name on the palms of His hands to prove it.
Precious one, I promise you this…
Jesus loves you every bit as much
as the ones He’s asking you to invest in.
He sees how faithfully you’ve followed Him and knows how forgotten you sometimes feel. Yet He still has a plan and you’re still part of it! Without the love and nurture of those who have gone before them, a whole generation is at risk of watering down the gospel or walking away from faith in Christ completely.
When the next great harvest of new believers comes (and I believe it will), who will disciple them if we don’t? You and I have a choice to make. We can step up and answer God’s call, or watch it skip an entire generation—the one we’re responsible for.
While being asked to give what you didn’t receive feels unjust, the reality is: someone has to go first. And we are privileged to be part of that bridge generation.
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers.”
LUKE 10:2; MATTHEW 9:37-38
Yet Jesus is also asking for a far more personal reason.
He’s asking because He doesn’t want you
to miss out on the abundance!
I’m living proof of the full-circle joy that comes from accepting Jesus’ challenge to make disciples, even when you think your own time for being discipled has come and gone. He’s more than able to fill your mentor gap—and your cup to overflowing—even in the midst of being asked to give what you haven’t yet received. (emphasis on yet…)
So the question is not, “Have I been discipled?” Because for the overwhelming majority, the answer is no.
The question to ask is…
Am I truly His disciple?
A devoted follower, a learner at His feet?
If the answer is YES, then it’s time to step out in faith.
He hasn’t forgotten you. You won’t be left behind. And I believe you will be rewarded for going first. His beautiful nail-scarred hands are reaching out to you even now.
As you trust Him to fill your mentor gap in His way and His time…Jesus Himself will be the mentor you’ve always longed for!