A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the slave like his master…. (Matthew 10:24-25, NASB)
Some simple truths are spoken by the Christ in this little passage that go beyond the persecution a disciple will experience when he follows Jesus (which is the context from which this portion comes out of). The servant/master relationship brings much more than the transfer of information from the Master Rabbi. The disciple both learns from and identifies with his Rabbi because they share life together. A disciple makes following Him an everyday matter. The servant/disciple is not over his Master/Rabbi in authority or will ascend to a life greater than the Master/Rabbi.
Jesus as the Master Rabbi calls for His disciples to continue to learn from Him, to continue to follow Him, to continue to serve Him despite the persecution that will follow them in daily life. The Rabbi is a model of the truth in daily living that is being shared with His disciples. The Rabbi does not simply pass on to His disciple’s Christian knowledge rather He models what He teaches, demonstrating how to integrate faith with life and learning. (He models what our spirit and character needs to develop to – Christian character, i.e. being poor in spirit). The disciples will grow in maturity (be perfected) when their training of both doctrine and life develops the wholeness of their personal and spiritual lives, reflecting the character of the Rabbi; the height they can rise to, but not above.
Read and meditate on the following
Scriptures that deal with learning from others’ lives or actions in discipleship which teach us to pursue growth; and subsequently think how to apply them to your life as you discover what discipleship is to be for your life and the many people you can learn from starting with the Master Rabbi:
If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. (John 13:14-17, NASB)
In this passage we see the Master Rabbi giving an example of how to serve others by actually performing the task of feet washing and then pointing out that this was an example for them and that they should do the same as Him. Discipleship is servant-hood.
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. (1 Peter 2:21, NKJV)
In this passage Peter points out that the Christ suffered for us and we should likewise by following His example suffer for Him. We are to follow in His steps: that is discipleship.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18, NASB)
Peter encourages the growth of the disciple by not following the example of error but to grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus, our true example.
Put what you have learned from the Scriptures presented and share your life with your Rabbi, learning from Him and produce Christian Character through this study.