Experience Hope Devotional

Faith Deposits

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
— 2 Timothy 1:13-14

Jason opened the car door for Savannah, and smiled at her as he waited for her to settle into the passenger seat before closing the door. Then he walked around to his side of the car, slid into the driver’s seat and buckled his seat belt.

Savannah knew he was lost in his thoughts. He was a new Christian, and she had learned to give him time to collect his thoughts after their small group Bible study.

As he eased the car off of the service road and onto the highway, Jason asked, “Since you grew up in church and have known the Lord all your life, you have a strong heritage of faith and know so much. How do I learn and grow in faith?”

“I haven’t reached a destination in my faith,” Savannah replied. “I’m constantly growing. I spend time praying and reading the Bible, and I have mentors, people who make deposits of faith into my life.”

“How do you find a mentor?” Jason asked.

“Well, I just ask God to bring them into my life. I watch for that heart connection. They’re people I feel comfortable doing life with, people I trust. They make me feel loved, encouraged or strengthened by their own walk with God.”

“Oh,” Jason replied, “I think I may already have some of those then.”

God desires for you to grow in your faith and to share it in a way that helps others know Him better. Who are the leaders and mentors He has placed in your life? Who has God called you to mentor? It often begins with friendship.

Today’s One Thing

Think about the people who have made faith deposits into your life today. Take a moment to send them a text, call or card and thank them for the difference they’ve made in your life. Then consider if you’re at a place in your spiritual journey where you could mentor someone else.