"Experience is the best teacher, but it doesn’t have to be your own."
That's a true statement, but a dangerous one.
I am the youngest of three rowdy boys. I learned a lot from my brothers about what to do and what not to do. Each of their losses were lessons for them and for me. Yet, the lessons I learned from their experiences produced a head knowledge, not a heart knowledge.
The difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge is summed up in the difference between knowing about a person and actually knowing the person. Personal experience is much more impactful.
The same is true with Jesus.
I have noticed a trend in our world today where everyone is listening to teachers, bloggers, tweeters and podcasts and learning about Jesus. There is unprecedented access to a lot of good information these days. (Including our own Livingstreams.online, where you can get great studies on relationships, work life, parenting, and prayer.) But if we are not careful, we will miss out on being taught by Jesus Himself. Jesus is bidding us to come and get our own.
Now this may sound funny from a preacher who gets up most Sundays to share with my church family what Jesus is teaching me. I am thankful that I am in a position where I have to go and get something from Jesus each week for preaching; but on my best weeks, I remember I need to get something from Jesus for my everyday life.
My friends, the veil is torn between God and us. The wall of enmity built by our sinful shame and God’s righteous wrath is broken down. And all the wisdom, understanding and knowledge we could ever need for fullness of life is ours because of Jesus.
So today, when you hear His voice calling you, go and get yours.