Proverbs 13:20 - Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Mentorship and discipleship are two aspects of the Christian faith that are intricately intertwined, and for good reason! Do you have a mentor? Are you a mentor? If the answer is no to either of those, I would advise that you look into changing that and not only be discipled but disciple others. Human beings are social creatures, and this carries over to our faith. We need each other! When we don’t know how in the world we can push ourselves to grow more, a mentor can lead us to be able to do just that! The same can be said about our own life experience and mentoring others. Granted, mentorship can be uncomfortable or make us uneasy by forcing us to step out into the unknown. It can feel costly, both because of our emotional investment into the mentorship with another person and because of the time commitment. But discipleship is not meant to be easy or “cheap”, it is meant to be “costly” and at times difficult. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t actually grow, we would stay stagnant and eventually wither away.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer is a German martyr who was killed because he stood up for this faith during reign of the Nazi regime. He was also an incredibly influential theologian and powerfully gifted by God in leading others in discipleship. During his life he warned Christians to not take the easy route and settle for cheap grace, but instead to pay the cost of discipleship. After all, the great heroes of the faith always paid the cost of discipleship, which was how they became heroes of the faith. Discipleship is costly, it is time consuming, and it is emotional. But through this cost growth takes place. We grow closer to Jesus, we come to know Jesus and make him the center of who we are. Through this costly discipleship we come to discover the desperate true love of Christ, for us, and for every single person in our life.