but the life he lives, he lives to God…. (Romans 6:10).
In Judaism to follow your rabbi meant something radical. It meant that you gave up everything to become just like your rabbi. You didn’t want to just know what your teacher knew, you wanted to become just like them so that you would start to think, and act just like them. Our rabbi, Jesus committed HImself to a life of faithful living to God. He obeyed the commandments of God and lived out His word with obedient passion and faithfulness. His purpose on this earth was not for Himself, but truly for others.
As a first-century itinerant teacher, Jesus called people to follow HIm. To let go of everything and take up a brand new life. To walk with Him along paths unknown to discover treasures hidden along the journey. Yes, treasures that unlock our understanding of who God is. Treasures that take our heart and shape them to be more like our rabbi, Jesus.
Jesus is asking us to do what He did. To make more talmidim (disciples) to live a life so radically devoted to God that everything about us speaks about the greatness of His glory so that others will want to know our rabbi as we know Him because they see Him in us.
The Jews understood that following a certain rabbi meant following that rabbi’s “yoke,” and more specifically, their, “yoke of Torah.” This was their rabbi’s understanding of Scripture and how he interpreted it. Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Yes, this is His yoke of Torah- love. Self-less, sacrificial, life-giving love.
As you consider becoming like your rabbi today. Consider taking up His greatest commandment, to give love to everyone you meet. To grow in your understanding of His word, so that it burns with a fiery passion inside of your soul. Yes, this is your destiny, to become just like your rabbi. To give love as He has and to live not for yourself but for others so that they might taste and see that the Lord is good.
Lord, you have a great purpose for our lives. It is to become just like you. To extend your love to the world. To bring your shalom to the ends of the earth. To give love, yes, real, selfless, sacrificial love. Lord, use my life to do that. I want to be a Kingdom worker for you. I want to become just like you, please forgive me when I stray and make life about me, in Jesus name, I pray, Amen.