Paul gave his disciples 100% of his life. He told the Ephesians that he invested in them “night and day for a period of three years” (Acts 20:31). He told the Thessalonians that he cared for them “as a nursing mother cares for her own children” (1 Thess. 2:7). He poured himself out wholeheartedly. He gave and gave and gave—at great personal cost.
What was the secret of this commitment? Paul said he invested sacrificially in the Thessalonians because they “had become very dear to us” (1 Thess. 2:8). Paul loved his disciples deeply. He cared so much he shed tears for them. You need the same depth of love for those you mentor. Don’t be halfhearted or distant. Don’t be a casual or part-time mentor. Give your all. Show real concern. Go the second mile. Love with all your might. Lay your life down for those you are called to encourage and inspire.