Read: 1 Kings 19:19-21

Social networking on the Internet is increasing at a tremendous pace. Even when separated by great distances, people are still able to gain insights and keep in touch with their friends and colleagues. Blogs, Twitter, e-mail, web links, etc. are many ways in which we can receive and give spiritual guidance.

But it is also valuable to meet face to face with mature believers for mentoring and fellowship. “Elisha … followed Elijah” (1 Kings 19:21), and Paul mentored Timothy as “a true son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2). Paul even encouraged Timothy to set up a chain of mentoring which would multiply spiritual growth (2 Tim. 2:2). Moses exhorted parents to teach the children on a daily basis: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut. 6:7). Jesus Himself showed us the example: “Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14).

In Scripture, we see the value of meeting face to face in different situations so that we can sharpen one another spiritually (Prov. 27:17). There are times when we can benefit from a wise guide or teacher and whose advice or instruction will be helpful for our spiritual walk. We need each other to get where God wants us to go. Remember, for the body of Christ to be a body, every member should be connected with each other.

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