Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. O�Connor

Feb. 7th 2003

Main Thought: To explore the blessings of schoolmasters and our need to grow beyond them.

The Schoolmasters of Life

 

Galatians 3 23   But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25   But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

 

Merriam-Webster dictionary of Schoolmaster; Main Entry: school�mas�ter
Pronunciation: -"mas-t&r
Function: noun
Date: 13th century
2 : one that disciplines or directs

 

Thank God for those He has sent to help instruct us. We all, in one way or another, can be a schoolmaster and guide or instruct someone else along life�s way. It seems that not only we as people need such things as schoolmasters, but also almost everything that breathes the breath of life. Even within the plant kingdom. Take for instance a young tree that we might plant in our yard that is fairly tall but still too young to have much strength in its trunk. We find that to enable it to get off to a good start we need to tie supporting rods or opposing lines to it to help hold it up straight to give it a chance for its roots to go down deep and get a good footing and for its trunk to strengthen before we can remove these disciplines that help it on its way. It�s easy for us to see the importance of these aids while the tree is trying to get going on its own. But, if we were to apply these same guides/aids to a full-grown mature tree it would look ridiculous. And rightfully so for we understand that those aids were meant only to be temporary and to allow the tree to get its own footing so that those aids would become unnecessary.

 

In the same way, the law was meant to be a schoolmaster or training aid to 1st reveal that God is Holy and we are not, and 2nd, to reveal our need of a Savior to save us from our wretched sinful state. Those who are true to themselves will agree with these truths if they were to look steadfastly into God�s Word. Yet, it seems that many people don�t take time to listen to what God is saying about Himself or His Son and get hung up on the schoolmaster or training aids and not the Master Himself. So, we begin to build many different denominations that reflect our �light of revelation� that we�ve seen. Than we enter these self-made places of service and immediately begin clothing ourselves not with robes of Christ, but robes of works.

 

It�s good to have structure and form but not to take our rest in those things but in Him alone! Our houses that protect us from the elements have form and structure but we need to realize that they are from Him and belong to Him and we will not be taking them with us when we leave. And yet we live in our relationship with Him like He is a religion instead of our Loving Heavenly Father. We begin taking pride within our �religion� like many of us take pride in our temporary structures in this life that are here and gone. How very sad. Galatians 3:1-5 1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing? 5Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?

 

If you think about it, a life that was revealed that they were sinners and trusted Christ for their salvation and then begins to rely on their own works for spiritual growth is a lot like a mighty oak tree returning to its supporting aids that helped it get its footing in the first place. We can be grateful for the written Word for by it through the Holy Spirit we have been given sight, but then we begin thinking that we can see now, we don�t need the Holy Spirit, what terrible thinking! We tend to run off with revelations like the nine lepers who ran off with their healing and only 1 of the ten came back to give thanks to his Healer; Luke 17:16-17 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. 17Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?".

 

Why is that we�re so much like that? Then there are those who just rely on others to tell them what is right and wrong, (it�s so much easier when we can just be listeners of the Word and not doers), without getting into it for ourselves; James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (Whole Chapter: James 1 In context: James 1:21-23). But, Praise God for those who will get in to the Word for themselves like the Bereans in Acts 17:1111Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

 

We are such creatures of habit. Here again we have another wonderful growth aid given us by the Father and that is our spiritual leaders, pastors and the like but then we so easily slide into letting them determine how much we grow or don�t grow. Here again, it�s so much easier to let others determine who we are and how much of ourselves we put out. We need to get our eyes off of these growth aids and on the One to whom they are pointing us to; 1 Corinthians 3 4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men? 5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. We need to get our eyes off of these and how much they are hungering and thirsting for God, and learn how to grow within our own fiery passionate relationship with Him. I believe there are going to be some stern words from the Father to these who have been called to lead and then who slide into ruts of works and half-hearted relationships with Him.

 

But, how dare we allow them to determine who we are and how much we hunger to know Him! Again, let�s be grateful for these growth aids but let�s grow beyond them and to the One in which they are pointing us to! So, Praise the Lord for the Schoolmasters of Life, but let�s grow beyond them into a Loving, Passionate relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus our Soon Coming King!

 

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