“When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34
“So Jesus answered them and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.’” John 7:16
I feel very blessed to have had so many excellent teachers in my life. My very first and longest has been my mom. She not only knew how to take exceptional care of me physically, but she knew that Christ needed to be in the center of my life. So much so, that she even put Christ’s name within my middle name, Christine. She always took me to church, no matter where we lived or what was going on in our lives…church was something we were involved in every Sunday, every potluck, every event.
I had great Sunday school teachers and have several fond memories. I even remember my sticker chart with little sheep on it for my attendance and memorized verses. I did not want to miss a single one; there would be no empty spaces on my card, just glittery stars! It’s amusing to look back and see what motivated me as a child: a tiny, shiny, glittery star. Yet, it really was not about the stars, it was the consistency and repetition of being at church with other believers and in His Word, learning it, and hiding it within my heart that would make an everlasting impression on me.
I have been blessed to have had quite an array of education, yet the most important “textbook” I’ve read (and continue to do so) is the Bible filled with wonderful teachings from the best of teachers, Jesus. He came to teach those to know their Creator. The entire Bible is an amazing story of the love of God.
Be sure to open the Bible today and be ready to hear about God’s love for you (John 3:16)!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for meeting us just where we are. Thank You for giving us the Bible, Your Word, filled with Your love and wisdom for our lives! May we always be listening to and learning from the best Teacher of all! In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.