“He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher..”Luke 6: 39-40
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.
Who are we learning from? Who is our teacher and whose disciples are we? And, from whom do we ask for guidance?
Disciples or followers of Christ have only one teacher and that is Jesus. And, no matter how learned are we in the Word of God, we cannot be above Him from whom we have learned and will continue to learn. We cannot be above the source.
We can be like Jesus when fully trained, but not better than the Master, our Teacher, our Rabbi – Jesus Christ. Thus, Jesus says in Matthew 23:8 “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers”. The purpose of Christ teachings to us is in order for us to be like him. To imitate Him. Jesus became like us that we might be like Him.
But what is it that we ought to learn from Jesus that we cannot learn from our earthly teachers? I think it is how to live a life that is pleasing to God the Father, for Jesus does and did things that are pleasing to the Father. And, this is where He wants us to learn from Him. For instance, while the world teaches us to judge and condemn, Jesus teaches us not to judge but to forgive; while the world teaches us to take and take, Jesus teaches us to give; while the world teaches us to be proud, Jesus teaches as to be humble; while the world teaches us that we are hopeless sinners, Jesus teaches us that there is a way to salvation and that is through Him. The world is tainted with sin and Jesus is our redemption.
If we consider ourselves students, apprentices, followers or disciples of Jesus, then we should learn from Him in order to be like Him. And we do this through a relationship with the teacher which is developed through prayer and the Word of God, a daily walk of life with Jesus.
In your morning, are you excited with your appointment with Jesus, your Teacher, to learn from Him? Or you are too busy that you cannot give up even few minutes of your schedule, to learn or just be with Him? If this is so, then there is something wrong – there is, therefore, no Master-Discipleship relation yet between you and Jesus. Remember my friends, if you cannot make Jesus the first and foremost in your life, then you are not yet His disciple, you are not yet His apprentice. Reflect about it. May God be with you.