Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How is Your Spiritual Eyesight?

Can the blind guide the blind? Won’t they both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

This is an interesting question Jesus poses in His sermon. Basically He is warning people about following the wrong person. The HCSB Study Bible states it very clearly:
"Spiritually blind leaders mislead disciples."
Teaching others carries with it a great responsibility. We are the Spirit's conduit by which He works to shape others to become like Christ. Because of this, we must ask ourselves the question, "How is our spiritual eyesight?" Is our spiritual eyesight getting better, or are we becoming spiritually blind due to the entrapments and distractions of this world?

For you see, here is the outcome; whatever we are becoming is what those we teach will begin to emulate. Now that is a scary thought isn't it? But we know it is true. Your group will take on your personality; they do as you do, not as you say; they will talk like you, think like you, and act like you. And it always seems that they will emulate your weaknesses more quickly than they emulate your strengths. I have seen this time and time again in Bible study groups.

You will produce "disciples" who are just like you. This should motivate you to become like Christ. He is the Teacher we should be emulating, so that our followers will become like Him!

Take a spiritual vision exam today. There is so much more to teaching than just preparing the study each week. Keep your spiritual eyesight strong. Set a standard through your life, attitudes, actions, and the quality of your teaching. Strive to live a life that emulates Jesus Christ -- His actions, attitudes, and heart -- so that your "disciples" are becoming like Him!