“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.”
Luke 6:40 NKJV
Jesus makes a summation of discipleship in Luke 6:40. The understanding is that a disciple is not above his or her teacher. However, the goal of any good teacher is that their students will learn and apply the knowledge and experience they have gained from the teacher. They should themselves be able to master the techniques taught them. Once the student has completed their training, they should have enough knowledge then to do what their teacher has taught them.
The NLT translates verse 40 this way: “Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.” That word translated “fully trained” or “perfectly trained” in the NKJV literally is the same word used for mending nets.
The idea is that of a master fisherman, taking the time to teach his young fishing apprentice the art of mending, fixing, and repairing a net. At first, the fishing apprentice watches the master fisherman. Then he learns how to make repairs. The master watches to make sure he does it properly. Once the technique is mastered, the apprentice is able to work on his own. Once the net is completed, the master and apprentice work together to gather fish.
As we complete our sermon series, “Who Are These Guys: Learning to be a Disciple by Discovering Who the Disciples Are” our goal has been that we will apply what we have learned to our every day walk as disciples and followers of Jesus. The original twelve disciples were men, just like us, who took that step to follow Jesus.
They were not perfect. They made mistakes. They were flawed and sinful. But, they, like us, follow a perfect, mistake free, flawless and sinless Master. Our goal is not to be like any of the twelve; our goal is to be like Jesus.
This is not a course, or just knowing interesting facts about the disciples, this is a lifestyle choice. The same call that went out to these original disciples, goes out to us today. He is still calling men and women and boys and girls to: “Follow Me.” Our invitation is the same given to the early disciples as they told their friends about the Messiah: “Come and see.”
It is my prayer that we have indeed become better disciples of Jesus by learning about these original disciples, but by also committing to follow Him every step of the way.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.