Shepherd Daily Devotional – The Master Teacher

“A teacher can only teach what he knows. Therefore, a student can only be as great as the one who teaches him.”

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Jeremiah 16: 21

Oftentimes, we fail to think of Jesus as a teacher. Yet He did more of teaching than anything else. According to Matthew, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,” In each of the gospels, we are told that Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues. At every time, if Jesus wasn’t teaching, He was preaching about the Kingdom of God. It is important to recognize Jesus as a teacher, who preached all the time. He made it clear to us that preaching was one of His main assignments. When Jesus declared His vision statement, He began by saying that the Holy Spirit had anointed Him to preach the good news. Even as Jesus went about doing good, He was always careful not to allow anyone or anything distract Him from performing this important task of teaching and preaching. In fact, Jesus once said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent” (Luke 5:43).

Throughout His ministry, Jesus spent most of His time teaching the disciples everything about God’s kingdom, including how to pray. His teachings were so important to Him that He once said, “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” In other words, the only way to love Jesus is by obeying His teaching. At the end of His ministry, Jesus said to His Father, “I have given them your word…” To ensure that His teaching ministry continued, Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, who would also teach us all things and will remind us of everything He taught us. This time, He assured us that the Counselor would remain with us forever, teaching us the truth.

I want you to know that God wants to be your teacher. In the book of Jeremiah, God said, “I will teach them —this time I will teach them, my power and might.” If there’s any teaching that can make you great and powerful, it is the teaching that comes from God. A teacher can only teach what he knows. Therefore, a student can only be as great as the one who teaches him. If you want to be like Jesus, go to Him and He would teach you. Jesus Christ himself said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” So don’t waste your time trying to learn from people whose wisdom is a fabricated one. The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. And there’s no one that can be wiser than their own Maker. Is there anything you want to learn, ask the Holy Spirit. He is the real Master Teacher.

Prayer: Lord, be my Teacher. Amen

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Matt 4:23; Matt 9:35; Luke 4:18; Luke 5:43; John 17:24; John 14:25; Jeremiah 16:21; 1 Corinthians 3:19

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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