Christ desires to bring His choir to perfect harmony. In order for this to happen, each member needs accurate intonation, and mentorship provides the necessary rehearsal which makes such beautiful harmony possible! As each Christian reacts to influences around him or her, he responds in a ritardando or a accelerando according to whether he progresses or regresses with these influences. A mentoring relationship provides an intentional context in which an experienced member of God’s symphony can instruct the newcomer, and the results can be magnificent. When the newcomer learns to play in unison with the other instruments, the conductor receives applause. We glorify God when we participate accurately in His fanfare.
In a mentorship relationship, the mentoree is likely to experience theme and variations, as each musician has certain flaws which re-appear in different forms throughout his career until, finally, he conquers these flaws with much practice.
As a mentoree learns and grows, he will probably need correcting in the same area many times until he is finally able to let God, though his mentor, weed out the root of that particular failing. God will tune him until he is able to effectively complement the other members of the orchestra with his sound. Once he learns his part, he can participate more effectively in the symphony’s preparation, lending credibility to the cadence of the waltz or suite that the conductor has chosen.
Each member of the orchestra plays a particular part and brings depth and color and timbre to the whole piece. Without an instrument, the whole is affected negatively—dynamics change, the accompaniment may be missing, etc. Though a part may be small, it is still important! Such is the case with each mentoree. Though he may be a small part of the picture, he is VITAL—in presence and in quality! It’s crucial that he learn and grow into the leader that he can be so that he can fully participate in God’s symphony.