Sitting With Jesus: Our Teacher
Read: Luke 6:37-45
Matthew’s Gospel records The Sermon on The Mount. It was geared towards its Jewish listeners. Dr Luke’s target audience is the Gentiles. Jesus’ message is known at The Sermon on The Plains.
Sitting With Jesus: Our Teacher – we are in a privileged place. Jesus is our Rabbi. Accepting, embracing His Word we have the Joy not only of being His Disciple but of “becoming like Him,” in our attitude to life, character, demeanour, and expression. (v40) “The Student is not above The Teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their Teacher.”
It is vitally imperative that we, at all times, this side of Heaven, keep our ‘L’ plates on. That we maintain a ‘Teachable Spirit’. If we don’t we will fulfil the parable that Jesus speaks in v39, 41 & 42. “Can the blind lead the blind: Will they not both fall into a pit?” “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay not attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrites first take the plank our of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Our key verse is v38. But before looking at it – As I was preparing, I remembered a note given to me by Bernard Wells, an elderly gentleman who fellowshipped with us at the Oasis, until his promotion to be with The Lord in 2003. He was used by The Lord in prophetic ministry. The note read: –
“Pastor Nigel “Dig Deep into Heavenly Father’s Pockets.” Bernard
Some days later we chatted. He said, “There is so much more for us to learn, understand, receive – but it involves us digging deeper into Heavenly Father’s pockets.”
An example of this is Joshua (Exodus 33:11) “Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua Son of Nun did not leave the tent.” He lingered – stayed in The Lord’s Presence, Prayed, spent time in Reflection. I confess that I should have lingered in the Presence of The Lord after finishing sermon preparation and not been so quick to rush away to fulfil other duties. Many times, I have ‘learnt on the run’ and ‘taught on the run.” But, as Phil Collins wrote in Tarzan, “In teaching we will learn and in learning we will teach!” Like the Apostle Paul my heart is, Philippians 3:12, 13b & 14, “Not that I have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” … “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
We do this by fulfilling Jesus’ Teaching from v 38 of Luke 6. The Amplified Bible reads: –
“Give, and (gifts) will be given you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will they pour into (the pouch formed by) the bosom (of your robe and used as a bag). For with the measure, you deal out – that is, with the measure you use to confer benefits on others – it will be measured back to you.”
Jesus’ metaphor is from measuring out grain in such a way as to ensure that full volume is given. Your “lap” is really the heart, bosom, and refers to a fold (pocket) in the outer garment, made as it hung over the girdle. It was used as a kind of pocket.
So, we can ask ourselves: “What is in our pockets?”
“How deep are our pockets?”
Jesus teaches us that we reap what we sow. The Apostle Paul, picking up on this teaching writes (Galatians 6:7-10) “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please The Spirit, from The Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of Believers.”
Sowing and Reaping includes but does not necessarily refer to material things. The Lord promises to look after us, to provide for us. “Sitting With Jesus: Jehovah Jireh: The Lord who provides.”
Giving as we are led by The Lord, is to fulfil His Will and Purpose. I grew up with Nan Yates saying, “You cannot outgive The Lord.” And “The Lord is no man’s debtor.”
Jill and I have been the beneficiaries of a Blessing spoken over our life together on our Wedding Day: “May you always have enough to live on and enough to give away.”
So, Luke 6:38, I believe, includes material blessings. But, in its context Jesus is talking about our “Attitudes” and “Christlike characteristics.”
In this context: “What is in our Pockets?”
“How deep is our Pocket?”
Life can be Hard; Tough; Difficult. People can be “Grace Growers” used by The Lord to refine us. Life can become and be like “The Refiner’s Fire.” What do we give out, from our pocket, near our heart, in those moments?
Sitting With Jesus: The Teacher (v37) “Do not judge, and you will not be judged…. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned…… Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
We reap what we sow.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
To stop the flow of Judgementalism – Don’t Judge.
To stop the flow of Condemnation – Don’t Condemn.
To stop the flow of Unforgiveness – Forgive.
Sometimes, We don’t give out Judgementalism, nor Condemnation, nor Unforgiveness – but, life gives us some “bad stuff.”
The Psalmist (135:14) says that, “The Lord will vindicate His People and have compassion on His Servants.” The life lessons of Joseph in the Old Testament help us to understand, and accept, if we are prepared to, the fact that “The Lord will vindicate.”
As Jesus’ Disciples we live in the world but we are not of the world. The spiritual battle rages. The world, the flesh and the Devil. The battle is on.
The Apostle John (1 John4:4) assures us, “You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
We are Training for Reigning! Our path is strewn with opportunities to: “Grow in The Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18).
This happens as we dig deep into our Pockets and Give…. From the pocket close to our bosom, our heart.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart.” (Luke 6:45a).
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45c)
Give Love, Sacrificial Grace, Compassion and Kindness – Release Christ in us The Hope of Glory – In The Power of The Holy Spirit – from our pocket and to see what can be achieved and grown from the seed.
Sitting With Jesus: Our Teacher.
“Give, and (gifts) will be given you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will they pour into (the pouch formed by) the bosom (of your robe and used as a bag). For with the measure you deal out – that is, with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others – it will be measured to you.”
Remember: “Everything comes from You and we have given only what comes from Your Hand.” (1 Chronicles 29:14b)