Everyone knows that Jesus said “the student is not above his teacher” and we’re all good with this. We don’t mind Jesus being better than us, in fact, we might even revel in it. “I don’t want to be too good, I might infringe upon my teacher’s place.”
Perhaps we even use such a statement to defend sin and our mediocre Christian life. “Jesus didn’t expect much out of me anyway, He’s better than me and that’s the way it has to be. He has low expectations and I don’t mind meeting them.”
Perhaps we should read the rest of the verse beyond this phrase. Allow me to quote:
“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained
will be like his teacher.”
Oh wait, I can’t use this as a copout for lazy living?
None of us will ever get close to being greater than our Teacher, but there is a chance you can be like your Teacher. The purpose of the Spirit’s work is to grow us into the perfect man Christ Jesus.
We too often gravitate toward the biblical phrases that seem to give a pass to our mediocrity while skipping those that call us to perfection. Jesus wants us to be like Him, it’s pretty much the main point of all He has done and provided for us.
Why we don’t want to be like Him is another story.