When Jesus taught His disciples He did it on the move. They learned on the road, not in a row crammed into neat seats and tidy lines.
Men of God learn to pray in the upper room, not the schoolroom.
A bare but leafy tree became an object lesson in faithful fruitfulness.
A farmer became the frame through which the Master taught the principles of spiritual seedtime and harvest.
On the beach, they became fishers of men.
The looming mountain was the picture used to distill the working of faith.
The New Testament is full of the telling refrain:
“As they went”…
As I was running this morning, I had this this thought come to my mind and I just this statement, instead of worrying about what you don’t know, share what you do, instead of worrying about what you don’t know, share what you do. And it made me just really think about the nature of how Jesus would teach and lead and build his disciples. And it was always on the road. I mean, they really did. They they they didn’t.
They learnt on the road not not in a row. Okay. Didn’t lie. They didn’t line them up in seats and then sermonise them to death. You know, they did it as they went. And equally I was thinking about, you know, the the training in prayer and just how the thought that came to me was that the men and women of God learn to pray in the upper room, not in the school room, OK? And I think so often we’ve been brought up in a culture where somehow learning has been detached from actually doing something.
You know, it’s like like like we can just learn something here, but it not translate. We can have something in our head but not have it translate to our hands and get hands on with something. But I’ve certainly found that the most powerful way to learn any skill is to actually get hands on and do it and do it and get involved. And even beyond that, I mean, one of the things that I was considering and pondering was how we best learn.
Yeah, we best learn a lesson when we teach it. Yeah. When you can teach a skill to someone else, that’s when you best learn that skill. That’s when you internalise it. You know, it’s it’s one thing to kind of just imbibe of information, but it’s another thing to be able to communicate that to someone else so they can go away and accomplish the same thing that you have. And it’s actually in the teaching that we learn and having to crystallise our thoughts and crystallise our expertise into something that someone else can be equipped through, forces us to think through things in a way that may be just a pure kind of mental accumulation just can never do.
And like and the same way that like how Jesus would teach his disciples. And I was thinking of different situations, different circumstances throughout the ministry. You have the master when he would take opportunity to to kind of highlight to them or to impart to them information, knowledge, understanding, wisdom. And I thought about the kind of the fig tree that wasn’t bearing fruit and how he said, hey, check out this fig tree. Let me teach you a lesson about faithful fruitfulness.
Let me teach you about kind of not having kind of just all the religious garb, all the leafy like look, but not actually bearing the fruits of the spirit. He looked at a farmer and the farmer became the frame through which he taught principles of seed time and harvest and the sowing of the word, and that the the the nature of the heart on the beach, they became fishers of men. You know, he would actually take the context that they were in and utilise it to impress upon them what he wanted to teach them of like invisible truths.
He took the natural and allowed it to be the frame through which he would magnify the spiritual and help and give them insight into kind of eternal truths. And you know that the mountain he would look at the mountain and that would be the picture he would use to distil teaching and training about the working of faith and and the operation of authority in the spirit world and the New Testament. As I was thinking about this, I went to the New Testament.
Always a good place to go if you want to kind of learn something. And in the New Testament, there are there’s this beautiful refrain that goes throughout. Now, I’m no musician, but, you know, there’s there’s certain in in in various songs and. Christian Chorus’s, let’s face it, there’s like a lot of repetition goes on, you know, we come to the chorus. This could be almost be the chorus of the New Testament. Okay.
This could be the chorus of Jesus Jesus mode of operation. This could be the chorus of his school room. And the chorus is as they went, as they went, as they went, as they departed, as they were in the way going. As they were in the way going as they followed, as they walked. And, you know, and the results this is these these are all kind of context setting statements that told us how and where Jesus began to build his boys and girls.
These were context statements. It was like as they went, he said, or as they departed. He did. And so and the results of it are equally enlightening. In Luke 19:32, sorry, I’ve not got it to bring up on the screen, but Luke 19:32. You just take a take a visit to your Bible and it says and they went their way and found that it was even as he had said.
They went their way and they found they found something as they went, they found something as they stepped out in faith, they found something as they acted on the word, they found something as they obeyed. And way too often, you know, they didn’t find it while they sat waiting for revelation, they discovered it as they went. Way too often we fail to act because we think we have to reach some pinnacle of perfection before we go, you know, but the learning only happens as we go.
That’s the kingdom way to step out is really to begin to discover who we are when one of my favourite verses, OK, I’ve got I’ve got lots of them. I know if you know me, you know that I’ve got like every every verse is a favourite verse by the time it’s been distilled and the Holy Ghost has shown some light on it. I’ve got some very strange favourite verses. But this isn’t such a strange one, although it may not be one that you’ve given too much thought to before.
Maybe you have John chapter 7:17. It says, if any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it’s of God or whether I speak of myself. And what really what really strikes me as here is if any man will do, he shall know. If any man will do his will, he shall know whether the doctrine of the teaching of the or the word or the the voice was of God or whether it’s not.
And so often what we want we want to know and then do we want we want like all of the guarantees of painless success and then we’ll go. But that’s not going to happen. That’s not that’s not the way the equation works. You do. And then, you know, you discover as you go and, you know, faith. Faith is trust ultimately. And, you know, we really do need to trust if we’ve got everything tied up and wrapped up in a nice bow and there’s no real there’s no real challenge there.
There’s no there’s no there’s no opportunity to fail or to stumble or to get it wrong. It doesn’t take faith if, you know, if everything is guaranteed. But the walk of faith, although we’ve got the ultimate guarantee. We’ve got the name, we’ve got the oath, we’ve got the word, we’ve got everything that we need to make bold moves and step out forward. But really, you know, there’s always going to be an element of trust in there.
You know, when when Peter stepped from the boat, everything in his natural mind would have been screaming sync. I mean, this was a man of the sea, this wasn’t like some dude who’d never been on the water. This was his world. This was, you know, this was his wheelhouse. He knew it. He knew the water. He knew the sea. And he knew for sure that you didn’t step out of a boat and expect to walk.
And yet he still did. He had to trust. He had to trust beyond his experience. And he had to trust beyond his knowledge. He had to trust beyond his history. He had to put aside his doubts. Yeah. And and really, really, despite maybe his fears or his nerves or his anxiety or his questions, he he had to act and he stepped out over that the side of that boat and began to walk on the water.
You know, and it’s no different for you and I, you know, just step out and do it. You know, he had to make a decision, I’m going to put my foot over the side of this boat and I’m just going to trust that that would come that Jesus gave me is enough to hold me up. And, you know, whatever it is for you for PETA that day, it was stepping out of the boat for me just a few weeks ago.
It was figuring out how do I press this, go live button and just start broadcasting to an audience of one to 10, six zero, whatever. Just just I was told, step out, go live. I figured out how to do it. That was my it. I’ve got some other it’s that I’m working on right now. I’m getting more comfortable with this. It. But it was a big challenge for me when I first did it.
And so what is your it you know, you know what it is, take it take it by both hands and say, man, I’m not going to wait another day. Oh, God, I am going to begin my own personal journey towards my own unique ID. And I’m not going to and I’m going to do it right now. I’m going to start today and I’m going to do it with Jesus, whatever it is. You know, unfortunately, for a lot of people, the strongest regret that the strongest emotion that they will experience on their deathbed is regret.
Maybe some regrets for the things they’ve done, absolutely, but you can be certain there will be a big bag load of regrets for the things that we didn’t. If we if we don’t make the decision to just do this as they go thing. If we don’t make this decision to do this as they went, as they departed. As they walked. And how many people are alive, but they just don’t live? They don’t step out. They don’t make that does that choice that like, well, then sink or swim.
I’m going to sink or swim, I’m just going to do this thing. Whatever it is, whatever your it is. And so I’m just urging you today to throw a bit of caution to the wind and just embrace your own special flavour of. As I go. As you go. There’s a special way for you to walk in as there’s a plan and a purpose for you to walk in. And it’s going to be different to mine, you know, thank God that, you know, maybe you don’t have to maybe maybe the Holy Ghost isn’t going to, like, push you into this kind of embarrassing situation where you’re told go live every day, like maybe you will.
Maybe he’ll get you to write a book, maybe he’ll get you to organise a seminar, maybe he’ll get you to sing a song, I don’t know I don’t know what your it is, but whatever it is, I encourage you to step out and and as you go. You know, just be like the disciples men put your sandals on and get moving. And you know, and the thing is, as we go, we grow. It’s in the doing that we discover.
And, you know, our it our destination, the vista that we are looking at that’s before us may change as we go forward. It changes, it expands, it morphs, it moves, knowledge is not a static thing and success is a moving target. What I considered success 10 years ago, I consider it there’s something different in the frame right now. You know, as we grow and we our character develops as we begin to recognise the relative value of things and the shortness of time, I tell you, man, your value and your measure of success most likely will change.
So don’t worry, just head towards where you know, you need to go today, don’t worry about where you need to be 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 500 years from now. Just move in the right direction today. Make a move today, create something today and, you know, be like the master himself, the ultimate teacher, the king, Jesus. Jesus, first, everything else follows, he is everything, he is the lord of the universe, he is the he is the bright and morning star man.
If you want to be able to follow someone, he is the man. But be like him, allow him to to teach you and as you go teach others, you know, as you discover what’s working. Don’t keep it to yourself, share it with others. So they can enjoy their journey. I actually think today what I’ve spoken about is really I personally think it’s very powerful, but then I guess that’s not for me to say. But I think just this simple truth and this refrain as they went, as they departed, as they were in the way going, as they followed in as they walked.
I think this this chorus. Of discipleship and following the master. And helping and leading others. Could really be life changing, not just for you, but for the people you turn around and say, hey, come this way. I found something that works. I’ve discovered something that helps. Because you’re called to be a disciple maker. And disciple making isn’t some religious thing, it’s not some, like I say, man at the upper room is where they learn to pray, not not the school room, OK?
They learnt on the road, not in a row lined up. It’s all about as you go, as you go, as you go, as you go. Well, thanks for listening, hopefully. It’s been an encouragement to you today, if you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.