Hi, I am Derrick Gates with Derrick Gates Ministries, the director of From Death, and you are watching God Today. Today I am talking about being a mentor and finding a mentor. Listen, guys. First of all, there are a lot of you watching this that God has made a spiritual mother or a spiritual father. And you are not doing that. It is time, this is the season for you to step up to the plate to mentor young men and women. We need people that are spiritually, foundationally mature to step up to the plate and be good role models for those that are coming up through the ranks of Christianity.
If you are watching this today and you don’t have a spiritual mother, father, or mentor, I encourage you to find one today. You need to go where you’re celebrated, not just tolerated. Some people sit on a pew of a church for 30 years and never do anything because they are going on a promise.
Listen. Go where they celebrate your gifting. Go where they celebrate who you are and who God has made you to be. I encourage people – if you are not being used someplace then find a place where they will use the gifts that God has placed in you. And listen. Here is the thing. You can’t just expect to jump out on the front row of Christianity or the front line today, without having proper mothering and fathering. It is very important that you discover not just who you are, but how to navigate your gifting. The only way to find out how to navigate your gifting is to be properly mentored.
Listen. Stop getting offended, first of all. Stop being offended. We have such an offendable society today. God loves to correct us. You can’t be offended just because somebody corrects you. I want to be corrected if I do something wrong. You should want to be corrected, if that is what is keeping you away from having spiritual mothers and fathers, you are falling way short on that. If you are scared of being corrected, and that is why you don’t get a spiritual mother or father, that is the wrong thinking. You want to be corrected.
Listen, if you are waiting for somebody to come to you, if you are waiting for somebody to approach you – you know – maybe you see someone and you would love for them to be your spiritual mother or your spiritual father, and you are like, “Please come and ask me.” Don’t wait for them. Go to them. I never go to somebody. For me, I have a policy. I am not going to go to somebody and say, “Can I father you?” That’s not how I work. If you want to be fathered by me, or you want to be mothered by my wife, we require you to come to us. It shows us your hunger. That you want to do it. It is not easy to be mothered and fathered. We are going to pull the things out of you, we are going to pull the greatness out of you.
Why? Because we believe in you. If God believes in you, we believe in you. We are going to pull that greatness out of you. Sometimes it is going to hurt. Sometimes it is going to be a lot of work. Sometimes you aren’t going to like it. But it is worth it at the end when you can stand on your two feet and you can square up against the enemy, and you know that you just don’t just have a word, but you have the tools to back that word up. That is what it is about. Being mentored and being spiritually mothered and fathered.