7 Steps To Benefiting From Mentoring or Pastoral Guidance – 2
Step 2 – Be faithful and loyal
2 Kings 2:1- 2 – And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
Over the years I have discovered that quite a number of people remain faithful to a course or project only if there is sufficient evidence that there is going to be a quick return in it for them. Immediately it appears things are no longer rosy they change their level of commitment and shift their loyalty elsewhere. This is called disloyalty; it is the opposite of loyalty. We saw that in Judas; immediately he saw Jesus beginning to talk about his departure and death he started to look for another crowd to connect with and get some money for himself. He must have thought, “if this guy is going to die why should I be wasting my time carrying on His legacy? What is in it for me?”
This is very important because there will be different phases in the life of your mentor and ministry. There will be some high points and some not so high points. It is at the point of challenge that the disloyal and unfaithful will not be able to meet up with the demands of the day.
In the above scriptures Elijah was coming to the end of his ministry and life’s journey; in other words he was no longer going to be the Number 1 man of God in town anymore. All the other prophets already knew that and they began to distance themselves from him but Elisha stuck with him. Elijah himself tried to discourage Elisha from following him but he insisted. Remember, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’. Although Elisha was already set up to be the next prophet in line he did not despise his man of God. A river that forgets its source will soon dry up. Kenneth Copeland travels the world and is presently making more impact on the world stage than Oral Roberts yet he still calls him his man of God. Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis and Jerry Savelle are all making almost the same amount of impact on the world stage today as Kenneth Copeland yet they still refer to him as their man of God and show their loyalty to him everywhere they go. No wonder their ministries are soaring.
The reason they are soaring is that although they have their God given assignment they still stand faithfully and loyally behind their mentor through thick and thin. Being faithful and loyal does not come naturally; it comes by divine understanding and maturity. This is why it is scarce to see many people who will swear to their own hurt and not change as indicated in Psalm 15:4.
Friend, this is the season for you to be imparted with all the grace I carry but you need to learn these steps to walk in the anointing that God has placed in my life for you. I see you receiving understanding of this subject in Jesus’ mighty name!
Psalm 15, Matthew 25
Personal declaration for the day
I develop a loyal character and I reap the reward of success and honour in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Questions for you to reflect on
Is loyalty one of your traits?
To whom and what are you loyal and why?
Who is your mentor and what does he or she think about your loyalty?