“He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:39-42
Might as well admit it — all of us are flawed. None of us sees very well. The longer I live on this planet the more I agree with my classmate who claims to be a “One-Point Calvinist” (the belief that there is no part of any of us that is not effected by sin). We may mean well, we may do our best to help others along, but here’s the rub: there’s only one Teacher who was ever perfect. As believers in Jesus Christ we are called to learn from our Teacher, to be instructed and guided by Him.
Not that I think human teachers are worthless — far from it! Most of us who value education and spiritual growth can name one teacher, or perhaps two or three, who have had a profoundly positive influence in our lives. I turn this over in my mind as I think on Jesus’ words: “when he is fully trained will be like his teacher”. How true! Just as young parents find themselves saying the same things to their children that their parents said to them, when I teach I can hear the words of my teachers coming effortlessly out of my own mouth. If only I knew Jesus’ words so well! If only they would come as quickly! This is something to aim for and pray for… and praise God for, because He promises we will indeed someday be like Him.
As I read these words I am also reminded of a popular song I often hear young people quoting: “…and I will try to fix you” (Fix You by Coldplay). It’s about someone whose heart has been broken, who has tried everything they know to do and somehow failed, and the singer, moved by their troubles, offers to ‘fix you’. It’s a noble sentiment, but… in the end hopelessly co-dependent. No one person can ‘fix’ another person, or even fix the circumstances of their lives. That’s God’s job. The falls and the failures, the pain and sorrow will never end till we place ourselves in His loving hands.