If it’s his mentorship you want, then waiting to meet him first isn’t the best approach.
Someone sent me a similar message a few days ago and the assignment I gave him wasn’t pleasing to him at first. But since it would grant him access to personal mentorship, he had to endure.
I agreed to mentor him and immediately told him to read all my books and get back to me daily with what he learnt. To his amazement, all the questions he wanted to ask were answered from the very first book he read. As he continued to read the other books, the insight was so much that he vowed never to joke with studying books again. He figured out that he didn’t need to meet or talk to me afterall, everything he needed was already available in my books.
Submitting to a person’s mentorship doesn’t mean you have to meet with the person. In fact, the person does not even have to know you. If there’s anything I’ve realized about transference of spiritual virtues, it’s that what is written or recorded carries equal power as what is spoken directly to you. So whether you read their books or you receive direct impartation from them, the transference of grace will be the same. I’ve received diverse graces just by listening to Apostle Joshua Selman from afar.
So when it comes to receiving mentorship, what you need first isn’t to meet the proposed mentor, what you need is to gather the person’s available materials and study them. If you still need their personal mentorship after consuming their materials, then you can go for it. But don’t seek personal mentorship until you’ve consumed their materials. Chances are that you may never need to meet them after you’ve consumed their materials.
If what you want to meet him for is something he has shared in his books or sermons, then seeing him will be a waste of time. Apostle Joshua Selman has been my mentor since 2019, but If you ask me why I’ve never been zealous about meeting him, it’s because I’ve not exhausted all his materials. If I still need to meet him after I’ve listened to all his messages, then I’d go for it. Each time I reach a crossroad, his messages have played a major role in helping me decide which path to take. Honestly, I think it’s selfish wanting to meet a mentor over something he has taught or written in a book. If at all I need to meet him, it would be to honour him for the impact his ministry has brought me, not to waste his time asking questions he has already answered in his messages.
I’m privileged to be close to a lot of effective ministers of the gospel, and I believe that the reason why many of them like me is because I’m not troublesome😂. When we have conversations, I’d literally be quoting them to show that I’ve been following. In fact, my discussions with them would be centered around a sermon they preached that changed my life. Asides that, no further discussions, they’ve done enough.
Each time people ask me questions I’ve answered in one of my books, it honestly appears to me as though they want to stress me. For some, I just refer them to my books, and for some others, I send them an article I’ve written in that regard😂. Please note that this isn’t pride at all, it’s just the way it is. Of course, some cases are quite sensitive and urgent, referring them to my books may cause more damage, not because they won’t find answers in my books, but because their mental state won’t allow them to read. So for such people, the Holy Spirit directs me to counsel them, and this is how it is for all men of God.
It’s unfortunate that this generation of young people are hasty, they can’t sacrifice the patience required to study and get enduring knowledge. You listened to a man of God for the first time and the next thing you want to do is to meet him. And when you hear how difficult it is to meet him, you’d conclude that he has pride, “men of God should be available”. Really?
I remember when I started following Charles Capps, I bought all his books I could find in the bookstore. And when bookstores became inconsistent in importing his books, I started looking for how to order directly. It was that serious. In all of these, seeing him never crossed my mind. How would I have even seen him😂? Yet, I carry a fire today that was birthed from both his books and that of Dr Jerry Savelle.
Most of you read my write-ups and are amazed by how inspiring they can be sometimes, well, I tapped grace from people I never met. Go and read the books of the names I just mentioned, you’d be shocked that you’d get the same feeling you get when you read my articles or books. Just as Apostle Joshua Selman would often say, “I am a product of many graces”.
So, stop waiting to meet these people, settle down with their resources, so that when you eventually meet them, it will be that you’d be sharing your testimonies. The first time I met Apostle Joshua Selman, I had a seed of gratitude in my hand. And there was really nothing to say than “Thank you sir”.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!