The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
The goal of teaching is to promote learning. For the most part, learning takes place in many different circumstances and contexts. Although everyone is capable of learning, a student’s desire to learn is vital to mastering new concepts, ideas, and skills. Often, the desire to learn is directly related to the teacher. It is difficult to learn from an instructor one does not like or respect. The class- es and subjects I enjoyed most in my education were those taught by people I wanted to emulate.
In today’s scripture, you and I are the students. Jesus, the perfect teacher, says we are not fully trained until we begin to live like him. Just when I am tempted to think I’m doing a good job, I catch a glimpse of what he teaches ear- lier in Luke 6: love your enemies, turn the other cheek, pray for those who persecute you. I can’t do this on my own. He must become more, and I must become less.
Lord, put within our hearts a desire to learn your Word, your will, and your ways. May our actions and reactions always be in line and in step with your Spirit.
Prayer Journal Reflections
Reflect on becoming Christlike disciples in the church in Canada and the United States.
Lead Pastor, Springdale Nazarene Church