“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Jesus, to whom do I explain important things? I do talk about you from the pulpit and in two weeks time I will be talking about you at a camp. It’s all rather formal. I guess, now that I think about it, I am evangelizing my children. They see the life that I live each day and they see if my words match up. Your original disciples became like you by living with you. You set up traditions with them. You devoted every moment of every day to following the Father and walking in the Spirit. You spoke about the Kingdom of God when you got up and when you walked around Israel. You prayed in private and you prayed in public. You sang songs and hymns. I must sum up the courage to do likewise.
Let me set up traditions that deal with the mental, physical and emotional development of my children in a spiritually integrated way. Let them see how God is God of the mind, body, and heart. Let me not be afraid of sounding cheesy when talking about ‘Jesus’. Let me have such a profound relationship with you that it oozes from my pores each moment of each day. I know I am weak and foolish, but let that be a platform for your strength and wisdom. Let me rest assured that I am known, loved, accepted, and forgiven. Help me to walk in that position of assurance and strength. Let me not be afraid, because I am worth more than a truck-load of sparrows – and I like sparrows.
- What is enough for a student?
- Whose student are you?
- Who is studying you?
- What do you teach by your day-to-day living?
- How can you instigate traditions, teaching, and adventures that would help those you influence to live every moment with Jesus?