Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jesus on Learning - Guest Post Series

Today I am excited to continue our series "Living as a Single Christian Woman" with a guest post by Alicia from Experiencing Each Moment.

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Have you been reading all the posts in this series? The thoughts by Ann and Michelle on the learning process of a Christian, single woman are great, so go back and read them if you haven’t.

Webster defines the word “learn” as "to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience." Let’s read what Christ says about learning:

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Learn beside me.

A yoke was a wooden bar or frame used to guide two oxen standing side by side plowing the field. What a picture! Christ isn’t going to make us try to keep up with him or walk behind us scolding our mistakes.

Our learning process is side by side. Remember driver’s education? It was so exciting to be behind the steering wheel, but it was also comforting to know the instructor was right beside me with the ability to control the car.

Learn from me.

Think for a second who your favorite teacher or college professor was, or perhaps a Christian author or preacher that you enjoy. Imagine if you could sit under their teaching any time night or day. They wouldn’t charge you, they wouldn’t act bothered by you…they would just let you come and soak up their knowledge. Well, in this passage, the Creator of the Universe says that you can “learn from me”. Wow!

Learn because of me.

Why should we learn from Jesus and not someone else? Scripture says because He is gentle and humble in heart! What an amazing paradox.

The One who possesses all knowledge is humble. He is not haughty or judgmental as we learn (i.e. make mistakes). Instead, He is gentle with us, knowing that as sinners we just really don’t get it sometimes! And miraculously, He is willing to be patient with us.

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

That’s a God I want to know!
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Alicia is a Navy wife and SAHM to Timothy, 5, and Samantha, 3. She blogs about Experiencing Each Moment with two special needs children and any books they will give her a chance to read!

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1 comment:

Ann said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. I needed this today. It regularly amazes me that the Creator of the universe would not only be willing but would WANT to teach me intimately and personally. Sometimes I allow life to jump in and distract me from that. I needed the reminder today. Thank you for your words!

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