Rabbi. Teacher. These are not the first words that come to my mind when I think of Jesus. But He calls us to draw close to Him, to study His life and teachings, and to allow His Spirit to change us into His image. He calls us to learn from Him.
As I study the gospels, I can't help but notice one of Jesus' favorite forms of teaching: a parable. A story. One of His most popular stories is that of the mustard seed. Ann Spangler writes that "when Jesus compared the advance of his kingdom to the smallest of seeds that grows into the tallest of plants, he immediately created a vivid and encouraging image for his disciples."
I learned something this week that's made all the difference in my walk of faith, and that I believe Jesus was trying to teach with this parable. So here's some food for thought: perhaps it is not a matter of how big or little your faith is. More likely, what matters is who you put your faith in.
Jesus. Immanuel. Light of the World. Lamb of God. King of Kings. Prince of Peace. Teacher.
Who are you trusting in this day?