Considering the last post, I wanted to move forward in paths toward growth in Christlikeness. The first step is becoming a student of Jesus.
We are students of many things and many people but are we a student of Jesus? Do we read scripture and learn from Jesus how to live? Do we pray and ask for his direction in a certain situation?
The people close to Jesus and not so close to Jesus had many questions for him. They longed for him to teach them how to pray, how to forgive, how to think about the future, how to live a good life, and how to handle their money.
But we can also simply observe Jesus and how he responded to various situations. How he was more than willing to touch a leper and how he was so relaxed and had so much trust in his Father that he could sleep in the middle of a raging storm.
Call it weird, but here is what I do when I am more in tuned with Christ. Because the Bible tells us that Christ lives inside of us, I actually take that to heart and try to focus myself on Christ within me. Like right now, as I write this, I am trying to stay in tuned to what Christ wants said and not what will sound cool or get me a lot of praise. This refocus of my thoughts allows me to learn from Jesus, who is within me, how to respond to a given situation.
According to Matthew 7:24-27, the only way to survive the storms of life is to learn from Jesus and put his words into action. Jesus is the greatest teacher who ever lived. He is so much more, of course, but why learn how to live from a second rate source when you can learn from the son of God.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
Next Action: Read from the Gospels daily – Notice how many people asked questions of Jesus to learn from him – What questions do you have for Jesus? – Listen for a response.