Growing up there were teachers and then there were TEACHERS. There were some who were mediocre, some who were terrible, and some who inspired and helped us grow. Jesus shared how important teachers are.
“He also told them this parable: ‘Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.’ Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no 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 hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:39-49
This passage tells us that when a student is fully trained he will be like his teacher. Every one of us is teaching every day. We have friends, family, coworkers, children, and grandchildren who watch and emulate our lives. What are we teaching? When those who are placing their feet into our footprints are grown, what will they have grown into?
The Bible also uses many analogies. One is fruit. Great fruit does not come from a sick or weak tree. Great fruit comes from a great tree. Grapes do not come from brambles and figs do not come from thorn bushes. The lovely grapes and figs come from strong healthy plants. Just like good fruit, goodness comes from a good heart. But only God can make a heart good. Jeremiah reminds us that the heart is deceitful and wicked. Indeed, it is. But when Jesus comes into our lives, sweeps out the junk, makes us sparkling clean, then good fruit begins to grow, not because we are good, but because He is.
We see another analogy…building a house. If the foundation is weak that house is going to fall. If the foundation is strong, built on rock, the house will stand even in bad storms.
Jesus is the Rock of Ages. He is the only sure, strong foundation. We can build our lives on Him.
So, as we examine ourselves, who and what are we teaching? Do we have great fruit ripening? Are the houses of our lives built on Jesus who is strong and sure?
Remember that those who come behind us can see, and they will follow our lead.