Welcome Friends. This is David Telbat. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the terrible tragedy in Florida. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction…” 2 Cor 1:3,4.
Thank you for joining us for my Author Reflection titled, “Live it to Teach it.” I’ve been thinking about how we sometimes use the wrong methods to achieve the right goals. Doesn’t the end justify the means? Well, it seems that’s not what Jesus had in mind when He was teaching His disciples how to care for others. I remember when this lesson was first taught to me—and I’ve been learning it ever since. Hence, it’s what I try to instill in my own life as well as in some of my fictional characters’ lives.
Live It to Teach It
Jesus fully possessed what He offered to His disciples. He could offer righteousness because He was righteous. He could offer mercy because He was merciful. Seems obvious, right? Let’s look a little deeper. He could offer freedom from sin because He knew no sin. The disciples of Jesus—that’s you and me—must live in Christ so we are able to teach others to live like Christ.
A disciple who doesn’t live in Christ cannot boast about Christ. That would be like a neighbor boasting about all the fires he puts out, but he’s not even a real fireman. A disciple of Jesus speaks only about what Christ has accomplished since a disciple lives daily within the boundaries of Christ’s accomplishments. (Or, to continue the metaphor, a fireman who lives at the fire station can easily speak about the fires his station puts out, because that’s really his daily activity—putting out fires.)
Have It to Pass It
One with a burdened conscience cannot teach others to have a clear conscience. But a disciple of Jesus whose conscience is daily refreshed by faith in the blood of Jesus (Heb 10:22), those he speaks to will emerge enlightened about Christ’s offering.
From another angle, we could say that which hasn’t been broken in our lives, we cannot speak of it. Have you ever noticed that? If we speak about something that God hasn’t fixed in us, even if it’s true or profound, our words carry no weight. Why? Because it is false in our lives until we’ve been broken from thinking that our flesh is the source. Knowledge alone can be taught, but only knowledge with living reality carries power.
The gentle word of a real disciple carries more weight than a scholar whose weight is only in his own words. When we teach others, we should exercise that muscle fiber that the Holy Spirit has sovereignly built into our lives. This is why effective disciples are those who are living the life of Christ daily (Gal 2:20).
Today, let us speak only about the things which we can personally attest to as Christ having accomplishing in us. Let us never boast about our own accomplishments. To teach others about Christ, we must truly follow Christ. Perhaps this could be our closing principle: “I can teach correctly only that which I have lived in reality.” Now go live it!
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COMING UP: Join us next time for an update on David’s writing progress, plus a D.I. Telbat short story.