“to do and to teach”
I love those words. You know what that phrase is? It’s Jesus’ mission statement. A short, written statement of His purpose. The shorter version might be: “To do My Father’s will,” but I like the depth in this, despite its brevity. His work on earth consisted of His doing, and His teaching; both of which were carrying out His Father’s will.
He taught: “Love one another.” And He loved.
He taught: “if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” And He forgave.
He taught: “he who does the will of My Father shall enter the kingdom of heaven.” And He did His Father’s will.
Today’s highlight verse, like all verses, should have us coming away with an attitude of “what’s in it for me?” Not in a selfish way of course, but in a teachable way, as in, “What do You want me to learn from this, and what do You want me to do with what I learn?”
Jesus is our model. His “mission statement” is our calling too: to do and to teach, as the next verse says: “until He was taken up to heaven.” Reminds me of what Acts 13 says about David ~ “after he had served his own generation by the will of God, died and was buried.”
It’s simple, but not easy. So pray, and then obey.
~ “Go and make disciples of all the nations…
teaching them to observe all things
that I have commanded you” ~