And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them. (Matthew 5:1-2)
I am reminded in this passage that there are distinct roles in my relationship with Jesus. He is the teacher, and I am the student. He is the master, and I am the disciple. He speaks, and I listen.
How hard it is, though, to make listening a priority. After all, I can get so busy serving Him that I have a difficult time working Him into my schedule. A student too busy to be taught. A disciple too busy to learn. A listener too busy to hear. So, I must rethink my role and regularly stop my activity, shut my mouth, open my heart, and sit at the feet of Jesus. He gets to talk, and I listen. He teaches, and I learn. He leads, and I follow.
Sounds easy enough, but there is a strong temptation deep within my soul to get up from His feet too soon. There is an impulse to hear part of what He says and quickly try to tell it to others before I fully hear it myself. The battle is for my attention. The struggle is to give Him my focus, to recognize when He is seated and ready to teach, and to know that when this happens there is an invitation to stop, to sit, to let the Lord be the Lord and the servant be the servant.
After all, when He graciously and lovingly takes the time to sit and teach, to open His mouth and give the only words that truly matter, this is when I am most blessed. He is the teacher, and I am the student. He is the master, and I am the disciple. He speaks, and I listen.
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