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Mark 10:17-18: “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.””

All of us have been taught throughout our lives, whether we wish to admit it or not, whether we were willing participants or not. Some of the people who taught me, I remember more fondly than others. Some were good teachers. Experience itself can be a hard teacher. But there are some good teachers we can all recall. Two instances I remember: one was my grandmother, who taught me in Sunday School when I was very young. She and my mother made sure I knew about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Two, was my first grade teacher; as a little boy, I had a crush on her! 🙂 She was so tall and pretty. She loved us kids in her class a lot. Now, she could be tough when she had to be, but I fondly remember learning the alphabet and math under her guidance. (For the record, when I saw her years later, I discovered that she wasn’t as tall as I thought…but then again, I was a short first-grader!) I still love her; she was a second mama figure to us!

Good teachers are those who care about us, and want us to learn the right things. The rich young ruler, when he greeted Jesus, addressed Him as “Good Teacher” due to His reputation as a prophet and teacher. I find Jesus’s response wonderfully ironic when He answered him and said, “why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” And, of course, Jesus is God!

The point is, Jesus does care about us, He loves us, and He wants to teach us. What we have to do is learn (and I do mean LEARN) to listen and to obey Him, when He teaches us.

Class is in session.

Something to think about!

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verse 6: “But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.”

Some of the best experts I know of in certain areas, may not look like an expert, to the uninformed observer. We, as human beings, tend to judge things on how they look, which is not always correct. Some companies, for instance, won’t consider hiring you unless you have a college degree. Yet, one of the smartest programmers I ever met, got all her knowledge from on-the-job training and work. In my opinion, she is more qualified than the “skilled” applicants who have a degree.

Look at Moses; he gave God the excuse for not leading as “I can’t speak”. God said Aaron would speak for him, but you are the one I called. Paul was saying I may not be eloquent in speech, but I know what I’m talking about! To sum it up best, I remember an old saying: “God doesn’t called the qualified…He qualifies the called.”

What excuse are you giving God today?

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verse 20: “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature.”

There is a phrase that goes something like this: “Experience is the best teacher.” There is some truth to that. Just like a chameleon changes color to blend into its environment, it can be extremely hard to stay holy in a sinful world by yourself. Unless you immerse yourself in study of the Bible, and prayer, and fellowship/corporate worship with other Christians, it can be very hard to resist the pressures of this world (Remember, there are no Lone Ranger Christians, as a pastor once put it).

The Lord Jesus set this example Himself…at times during His earthly ministry, He would withdraw from the crowds to pray and to have time with the Father.

Our physical muscles don’t grow strong simply by eating right; we need activity to develop and use those muscles. Likewise, our spiritual muscles need development and growth too. God gave us the instruction book for life in the Holy Bible; make sure you read those instructions more than just “once in a while”.

Its’ something I need to remind myself daily!

Have a blessed day!

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