Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. Matthew 8:19
This week we reflect on Christ our Teacher.
Last week was a whirlwind. I know to expect it. Each year our church hosts the Global Leadership Summit. It’s an incredible leadership conference put on by Willow Creek in Chicago.
I serve in the role as “Producer” which basically means I’m in charge of everything that happens in the room where the talks are presented. We set up all of the sound, the lighting, the environment, the technology and everything else that helps make the messages be communicated as clearly as possible.
We set the scene.
We chase the technological bunny rabbits all week - at times they can be hard to chase down.
We do all of this because we believe in the GLS.
We believe when a leader gets better, everyone gets better. (to quote Bill Hybels)
This year, I learned so much! Bill Hybels spoke about the different leadership lenses we wear. The image that stuck with me was the self adjusting glasses. Have you heard of these? They are a real thing. Designed to send to all over the world to help people adjust their own prescription. Pretty incredible. Leadership means constant readjusting.
As I reflected on this idea it became clear to me. Christ was constantly stretching the disciples, those he encountered to see things differently.
When the children appeared a problem, Jesus says, “No let them come to me. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt. 19:14)
When we thought the priest would stop for man on the side of the road, Jesus inserts a Samaritan as the hero. Not at all who they would expect. (Luke 10:25-37)
When Jesus himself was threatened and his disciple grabs the sword, and cuts off a guys ear! Jesus reaches down and heals the damage done to his captor. (Luke 22:47-52)
Remember that Christ wants to stretch you. He wants you to adjust your vision to see things as He sees them.
Allow your stubbornness to be interrupted. Allow your tense muscles of knowledge to be stretched. Allow Christ, the great teacher to reveal to you His Kingdom, one interaction at a time.
Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me, a sinner. Great Teacher, I am ready to learn. Show me the places where I need growth in my heart, my mind, my spirit.
Listen and look for times in your everyday interactions and thoughts for Christ to teach you something new.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary,who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”