Scripture- “Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”- Matthew 19:16
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”- Matthew 22:36
Insight: It can be difficult for new Christians to properly understand the relationship between us and Jesus. If you listen to any media, they will portray Jesus as anything but God in the flesh. They will say He is irrelevant, outdated and insignificant, at best an old historical figure with no bearing or influence on the world today. Well as Christians we know that they couldn’t be any further from the truth. We shouldn’t be surprised as satan has always kept billions of people in spiritual blindness, unable to discern the truth of who Jesus really is. But how can we best understand Him ourselves? That is a good question and one that I think we should contemplate and pray on.
I have found the best and most practical way to understand how we should view the relationship between Jesus and ourselves is the same way His followers thought of him when they walked together for three years on this earth: He is the Teacher and we are the Students. Class is always in session when we read the Bible or seek after Him in any earnest way. In fact, all of life is really just one big classroom for Him to teach us necessary things for us to grow in our faith and in our becoming more like Him. His promise to all believers when we accept him as Lord & Savior is that we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit, His free gift to all of us, which allows us to understand and apply His wisdom into our lives in a meaningful and impactful manner. 1 Corinthians 2:11-16 is good reading to understand how this works. If we keep the relationship between us and Jesus as He is the Teacher and we are the Student, we will grow in our passion to learn from him each and every day. Like any Teacher and apprentice relationship, we grow by spending time in their presence. In the Bible, we hear the term “abide” often. The definition of abide mostly means to to act in accord with, to submit to; agree to, to remain steadfast or faithful to; to keep. In John 15:4-5 Jesus uses the analogy of a vine and branches to help us understand how when we are close to Him, abiding in Him and being in close proximity to him through intentionality like an eager apprentice is to their teacher, much fruit will flow naturally and abundantly out of that relationship. He says “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”-John 15:4-5 ESV
Jesus is a great teacher and wisdom flows from Him through the Holy Spirit directly to us simply by us being connected to Him, the Vine of Life. Think of this relationship to make things simple and to bring clarity whenever the enemy tries to confuse or distract you. We have all hopefully had teachers at one time or another that greatly impacted us, and learning from them was fun. We were eager to do it. Apply that same mindset to learning from Jesus, the greatest Teacher of all, and see how His abundance begins to flow through you by you simply abiding in Him!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank You that You are the greatest Teacher of all, and that You freely invite us in as Your students to abide in and learn from You. We don’t need to strain, we simply need to remain in You. What a blessing. Amen!
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