ARE YOU GOD’S APPRENTICE ?
God is our master, and the master of our lives. A master tradesman has apprentices who work alongside him in order to learn their craft. Just like with a tradesman and his apprentices we as Christians work beside him to learn our craft. In our case our “craft” is to be more God like, and to be the people he intended us to be.
So how does he teach us ? There are at least two main methods,
God teaches us through our trials and struggles, we see this in
John 1 2-5
“ My brothers and sisters. Think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all you know the testing your faith produces endurance, let this endurance complete its work in you so that you may be fully mature, complete and lacking nothing. But anyone who seeks wisdom should ask God. God whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.”
So God through our struggles teaches us how to have the endurance we need to last beyond the struggles in life. We know he will grant us wisdom and knowledge when we need it, and ask for it because refusing us would be contrary to his own nature. Many of us, if not most of us are parents. Think of how hard it is to refuse our children anything even if they are now grown. So it is between God our heavenly father and each of us. So the first way that God teaches us is through events in our own lives. He doesn’t cause or even allow the bad things that happen to us, but he seizes on them as opportunities to teach and strengthen us.
The second major way that he teaches us is through his holy scripture. The importance of the Bible and what is written in its pages to our lives as Christians cannot be over estimated. We learn of the bible’s suitability and importance to our learning in,
2 Timothy 3:16
“ Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.”
Scripture although written by men such as King Solomon or the Apostle Paul comes to us from God. God gave his holy word to these wise men to share with the rest of us. So when we read the Bible we are not learning from its earthly authors, but from God himself. The verse above even tells us that the reason the Bible exists is to equip us in knowledge and wisdom.
So we can see clearly that God is our master and our teacher. We are indeed his apprentices, and our “craft” is to be more like him. We also see that two of the main ways he teaches us is first of all through the struggles in our own lives. Struggles that do not originate from him, but from our life in an imperfect world made up of imperfect people. God then seizes on these challenges to teach and prepare us from other perhaps harder challenges we face in the future.
God also teaches us through his holy scripture. The Bible was given to us as our guide and answer book. When we need answers we rightly pray to God for guidance, and immerse ourselves in his word.