As I look at Jesus, I see that his best teachings come as life happens, using everyday experiences as teaching moments. I just came across this as I was reading Luke 6:1-5
On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Jesus has an important teaching about the Sabbath and how the Pharisees don’t apply their laws correctly. But, as he teaches he teaches as He and His disciples are going through the grain fields eating their lunch. He doesn’t go to the grain fields to teach, but rather teaches as he goes through the grain fields. He shows His disciples how to follow him, teaching them as life happens.
As we seek to follow Jesus, we should seize the opportunities to teach as life happens. I’ve been trying to make this shift in my life, intentionally trying to live my life with others and using life’s moments to show them how to follow Jesus.
A few months ago, a good friend of mine came to visit. As we were stuck in a traffic jam on the way back from the beach, we got into a conversation about the next steps for his life. My friend felt the pressure of figuring out life’s plan and his next step. As we were talking about stress and expectations, it was an awesome time to share with him how Jesus tells us to not worry about tomorrow but take each day at a time. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but he called me the other day and brought up the conversation we had in the car on the way back from the beach. He said, he’d been a lot more at peace in life since then. It’s amazing for me to think that Jesus used that car ride to bring my friend closer to Him.
I didn’t wake up that morning and say I need to teach my friend about the peace Jesus can bring. I woke up that morning thinking I was going to the beach with a friend. But, as we went through the day, Jesus opened up doors. It all happened as I was “with” someone and had my eyes open to opportunities.
It’s a matter of being with people, and keeping your eyes open to what Jesus might be doing. As you follow Him, He gives you opportunities to help those you are with follow Him too. Who are you living life with? As life happens how are you helping them experience Jesus? Maybe it’s your own children or grandchildren. Maybe it’s some neighbors. Maybe it’s a friend from church.
I’d encourage you to live life with people and as life happens use those teachable moments to help those around you follow Jesus more closely. I look forward to seeing how Jesus uses these teachable moments to bring others closer to His kingdom!
God’s Peace, Pastor Mark