Student and Teacher
Duane Vander Klok
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
2 Timothy 2:2
So often in Christian circles we read or hear the word, “Disciple.” Have you ever wondered what this word even means? Have you ever wondered how it is meant to impact our lives? Is it a noun? Or is it a verb?
Making disciples was Jesus’ passion. In Matthew 28, right as Jesus is about to ascend into Heaven, He says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples.” Jesus didn’t say, “go get people forgiven.” He didn’t say “make them a ‘Christian’ so they’re on their way to Heaven.” Now those are all true things, but He specifically said, “Go and make Disciples.”
The word Disciple is defined as “a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.” Jesus is the ultimate teacher of the Word of God. In the Gospels, we find Jesus teaching and explaining the Scriptures that they had been reading for their entire lives. He wasn’t changing the words or what they were saying, but instead was bringing them to fulfillment.
As Christians, we are all called to be ‘Disciples’ of Jesus Christ. That is, we are called to be devoted followers and learners of His way. Yet we are not called to simply learn and consume this knowledge. Disciples make more disciples. We are students, but we are also teachers to those who come after us. We are called to enact what we have learned and allow it to transform every aspect of our lives.
This week, let’s take a step towards being better learners of His word so that we may better teach others.