A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40 (ESV)
What does that mean? What does what mean? What does it mean when your word says that I will not be above you? What do you think it means? If I were sure, I wouldn’t have asked you. You must have some ideas of what It means when my word says that you would not be above me. I do. Tell me what you think it means. You want me to live a life that is like yours. I should expect that my life will end up looking a lot like yours if I am truly one of your disciples. In what ways do you think I want your life to look like mine? I think you want me to think like you thought. What did I think? You thought what your Heavenly Father wanted you to think. You thought of yourself as a servant. I should think of myself as a servant. Who did I come into the world to serve? You came into the world to serve your Heavenly Father. You came into the world to serve others. You humbled yourself in your service to both your Heavenly Father and to others. That’s right. I want to humbly serve you and others. That is very good.
What else? I think you want me to speak like you spoke. What kind of words did I speak? You spoke words that your Heavenly Father gave you to speak. You spoke words that were kind and loving and gracious. You spoke words of healing and restoration. You spoke words of faith and hope and love. You spoke life giving words that lifted others up, rather than put them down. Yes, I did. I want you to speak your words through me. I want my words to give life and lift others up. That is very good.
What else? I think you want me to do what you did. What did do? You relied on your Heavenly Father to guide your life. You followed His instructions. You went where He led you. You did what He asked of you. You accomplished His purposes. You fulfilled His plans. Yes, I did. What plan have you been given to fulfill? It is your plan that I bear fruit for your kingdom. It is your plan that I will bring glory to your name. You want me to be a light and a witness in the world for you. You want me to go and make disciples. Yes, I do. Will you be like me in all your thoughts, words and deeds? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to be like you. I want to think the kind of thoughts you thought. I want to speak the kind of words you spoke. I want to do the kind of deeds you did. In every way, I want to live the life you lived. Work in and though me to make this possible. Amen
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