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The best teacher is the best learner. This was certainly true in Jesus’ life. Because Jesus humbled Himself when He took human form, His Godhead powers were hidden while He was on earth. Therefore, He is an excellent model for us to learn from. Notice His learning spirit in the following verse.
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. (Isaiah 50:4)
1) The tongue of disciple
The modern word for ‘disciple’ is learner. Jesus became a great teacher by applying Himself to learning. Jesus was a master at asking the right questions. Twelve-year-old Jesus confounded the teachers of the Law with His wisdom.
2) The purpose of the disciple
Jesus’ purpose was to learn in order to help the needy. Many people learn for the wrong reasons: reputation, money, status or fun. Christ’s reason for learning was to serve others. He learned well so that He could serve others well.
3) The discipline of the disciple
The faithful disciple doesn’t make excuses. Each day He spends time with the Lord. Each morning He eagerly seeks what God His Father would teach Him. There is no vacation from learning from the Lord.
4) The ear of a disciple
Jesus anticipated how God’s Words would help Him day by day. He learned everything He needed from the Father. An ear that has been trained through repetitive learning can readily discern what is being communicated.
Each disciple of Christ must start here with a goal of being like His Master. There is no question that our Master wants us to know the Truth. But do we have a passionate desire to be thoroughly influenced and changed by the Truth?
Jesus’ parents found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. (Luke 2:46-47)
Jesus wanted to know the truth. He desired to learn it so that He could carry out His Father’s work of meeting the needs of others. He arranged His activities so that He could hear from His Father. He expected to hear all that He needed to know.
Application: Learn from your Father. Train yourself to listen to Him. Commit yourself to meeting with Him every morning. In a protected quiet time, anticipate that He will provide for your needs throughout the day.
Make that commitment in a prayer. “Dear Father, thank you so much for caring for me. I so desperately need You to teach me. I yearn for you to meet with me early each day to equip me to care for those you bring into my life just like You did with Jesus. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.”
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Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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