Words from the Heart for Sunday July 10th, 2016
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
Luke 6:40 (NIV)
Being Like the Teacher
Students not only receive information from teachers, but they pick up what their teachers have a passion for. What are the teachers in your life passionate about? Do you have teachers who are passionate about godly things?
Canadian teachers are among the top earners when compared to educators around the world, says a report released last November. “Education at a glance” was released this week by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, which comprises 34 developed nations. The report says that Canadian teachers’ salaries after 15 years of experience are among the highest across OECD countries at $90 per teaching hour for secondary school teachers and more than $65,000 per year, all in US funds. In Canada, salaries per teaching hour are $84 at the primary level and $90 at the secondary level. Secondary teachers’ wages, averaging $66,700 are the fourth highest internationally, after Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The OECD report also notes Canadians are well-educated, with 54 per cent of adults earning post-secondary credentials, the highest share among OECD countries.
Think back to your school days. Who was your favourite teacher? Why where they your favourite teacher? It is likely it was because they were able to make their subject interesting, or took time with you to help your flourish in their class, or spent time with you after class to mentor you. In Jesus’ day the teacher was highly esteemed and the student not only learned the subject being taught but looked and acted like the teacher. Even today in ultra-orthodox Judaism, you can tell which students belong to which rabbi because they wear the same clothes as the rabbi. In His day Jesus was known as a rabbi and the disciples were His students. So they would have understood what Jesus was teaching them in Luke 6:40: “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” Jesus is our Saviour, but He is far more, and sometimes we forget that. He must also be our great teacher. He was greeted that way often in the Gospels and we need to greet Him that way as well. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, He is your teacher. Are you taking time to learn from Him daily? Are you sitting at His feet by reading the Bible and praying? We should be becoming more and more like Him in our thinking and our passion. We are called to look and act just like our teacher Jesus. Are you?
These have been words from the heart.