Wednesday, October 11, 2006

How Badly Do We Want To Be Like Jesus

Mark 3:14-15 KJV and he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

What is a disciple? A disciple is not a student. A student wants to know what the teacher knows. They want to get the grade and in order to get the grade they have to know what the teacher knows. That’s not bad it’s just a student and not a disciple. That’s what the philosopher wanted somebody who wanted to know what the philosopher knew. Most Christians spend time at the feet of Jesus wanting to know what he knew. This becomes an intellectual exercise from the start.

A talmid is someone who wants to Be what the Rabbi is. It is a consuming fire for these kids. They want to be like the Rabbi more than anything else in the world so yeah you want to know what he knows. Yes you want to see what he does. In fact in the Bible it says and Jesus chose the twelve in Mark 3:14-15 Not in Order to Teach them, Not in order for them to learn or listen, it says Jesus chose the twelve that they should be with him. Why because to be with Him meant they had the possibility of becoming like HIM.

The talmid kids wanted to be like the rabbi goes into the Men’s Room they all go into the men’s room. Not in the stall but into the room. Why? Because the Rabbi might say a prayer when he is done and if he says a prayer I want to know what you should pray, I want to be like him.

Now to us westerners we are afraid we will lose our identity. No you don’t your not asked to give up your talents, to change your personality…what you are asked to do is in your attitude, your demeanor, your knowledge, and your commitment…you are like the rabbi.

Now let me ask you a honest question…I have no right to ask you this but let me ask it anyway…How badly do you want to be like JESUS? Honestly, and I look at myself in the mirror first, if it is not a consuming fire in your chest and mine…than we are merely students and not disciples of Christ.
by Ray VanderLaan


At 1:56 AM, Anonymous Charity Bates said...

Chris, I have to say, I do like your blog. I really like the reminder that Jesus chose the disciples to be with Him. He wanted them to be around Him so much that they would be changed into His image. I mean who wouldn't want to be like Jesus when you could have those rad green tentacle-power-of-God-things coming out of your hands?


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