The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?" Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. (John 7:15-18)
Jesus was not an academic, nor was He self-taught. Rather, Jesus had an exceptional grasp of God’s Word because He learned it to live it, perfectly and completely, to bring glory to His Father. He challenges us to do likewise, not only devoting ourselves to honor our Father by how we live, but in the process learning the truth of our dependence on His grace. Only when we try to set aside our own egos and serve God exclusively do we discover the depth of our need and the value of His redemption!
“Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to do for us what we could not do for ourselves, ransoming us from our sin, death, and the devil. Reinforce our faith with Your Spirit, that we may honor You with our lives, in Jesus, amen.”
SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
An experienced teacher was walking down the hall of a middle school.
She noticed the new substitute teacher outside his assigned classroom.
The young teacher was leaning toward the wall with his head against a locker.
The older teacher could hear him mutter, “How did you get into this?”
Knowing the new substitute was dealing with a difficult class,
the experienced teacher wanted to be supportive.
So she asked, “Are you okay? Is there anything I can do to help?”
The young teacher looked up and replied, “I’ll be fine.
I just need to get this kid out of his locker.”
The LORD free you to experience His love in new ways this week!
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.