“Where you go, I'll go; Where you stay, I'll stay; When you move, I'll move; I will follow you. Who you love, I'll love; How you serve, I'll serve; If this life I lose, I will follow you.”
This is the essence of what it means to be a disciple. Disciples are students; they follow their teacher and their teacher’s teaching.
In a culture where independence is prized above all else, it’s easy to believe that being a follower is a bad thing. Truthfully? It all depends on who you choose to follow.next >
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
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When I was in school, I couldn’t wait to be done with it. I’d never have to take another math class again, write another paper, or do another Science Fair project. But here’s the truth: we are called to be students.
Jesus is the master teacher, and as his followers, we are in a life-long program of study. The good news is that everyone is accepted, and there are no due dates or grades!
A life of discipleship means that we will never know it all; we will never master everything. There is always more to learn.
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Jesus, help me to be a good student. Give me energy and discipline to read your teachings and to practice them each day. Amen.next >
An ancient Jewish saying goes like this:
“May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.”
It was meant as encouragement to be a good disciple: follow your rabbi, your teacher, so closely that you get dusty from the dirt he kicks up as he walks. Follow not only what he teaches but also where he goes and what he does.
May you, today, respond to God’s call to follow.
May you be covered in the dust of the Rabbi.
Katie Day is Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Monterey. She lives with her husband Kevin, cat Fred, dogs Lola and Mr. Wiggins, and a variety of coyotes, bobcats, and deer in the surrounding woods. She loves macaroni and cheese and is bad at math.
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