The focus of today is on the idea of a “teacher.”
Over the course of my life, I have realized that my parents were a lot wiser and smarter than I gave them credit for. One of the realities that dawned on me when I became a parent was when I saw how many of the lessons that I had learned. Whether I acknowledge them or not, a lot of what I had been taught had become a part of who I was as an adult, and now as a father.
What I realized was that we don’t really know how well we have learned the lessons until we have to actually apply them. We might have the best teacher, and Jesus is the best teacher of all things that God requires of us, but until we begin to apply those lessons, until we see those lessons as necessary for how we live our lives, we will struggle to determine if we can trust this teacher.
I don’t know when it happened, but I do know that the moment I began to accept that my parents knew more than I did about how to live in this world, the easier it became for me to accept what they were teaching. And I think the same is true of our faith. The faster we can get to the place where we trust what the Scripture teaches us, when we trust what God has revealed in and through Jesus, and when we allow the Holy Spirit to take those lessons and implant them in our hearts and in our minds, we will find ourselves able to live out that which we find throughout Scripture.
We have the world’s greatest teacher. The question is, how well are we at being students?