Teacher and Mentor, Forever

Disclaimer: I apologize in advance, because when it comes to teaching and mentoring, I certainly have a lot on my mind to tell you guys, but I haven’t ventured as far as I would have wanted to.

As I ended last week’s message, I presented one and all with a challenge:

Ask yourself, and ask each other: What are the benefits of Christ and His finished work to you, personally?

I felt like I needed to raise this us before we went any further down this series.

Jesus Christ demonstrated that He is the Servant of All at the cross, and the empty tomb is proof and confirmation that all have been served. For this He alone is worthy of the name above every other name.

Friends, the point here is that the goal isn’t for us to look at being great in God’s kingdom. No, we have something far better, in that we KNOW the greatest in God’s Kingdom, and He KNOWS us. We do not just know ABOUT Him, folks, we KNOW Him, and He KNOWS us.

We started off by singing ‘If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all’

Now we’re singing ‘Let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, because of what the Lord has done for us.’

Again, ask yourself, and ask each other: What are the benefits of Christ and His finished work to you, personally?

You would do a great service to yourself and to others when you have some sort of answer to that question. It’s the first step to being ready with your testimony.

Anyway, here’s something I learned during my call center days:

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.

And until you realize for yourself, how God cares for you, it doesn’t matter what you know about Him.

You will never know how much God does care for you apart from Christ’s finished work.

And when you realize Christ’s finished work for yourself, then you shall not merely know ABOUT the Lord, but you shall KNOW Him.

And from KNOWING the Lord, you understand how He cares for you.

And as you are cared for, so you care for others.

And as you care for others, they will hear you – not for WHAT you know, but WHO you know.

People will care for what you know when you know WHO cares for you.

And because you know who cares for you, you know who also loves you.

And because you know who loves you, you can love wide, and you can love deep.

Whenever you teach, you love wide. Applicable to anyone and everyone.

Whenever you mentor, you love deep. Personal. Quality over quantity.

All from Christ, the greatest Servant, who taught the world by His death on the cross, and mentors the body of Christ both now and forever, guaranteed by His resurrection.

Through Christ and His finished work, so You teach from a love that breaks borders, and you mentor from a love that goes beyond time.

You’ve been taught by the Greatest, and you’re being mentored by the Best.

You can love wide and teach, and you can love deep and mentor.

Further Questions:

  • How did Jesus teach/mentor during His time with us?
    • How did Jesus mentor His disciples?
    • How did Jesus teach the multitudes?
    • How did Jesus teach those who spoke out against Him?
  • Consider: Jesus taught the people, and mentored the body.
    • To the people: He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
    • To the body: personalized relationship
  • How does Jesus’ finished work teach/mentor us?

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