He came to make us what he teaches we should be

Oswald Chambers, reflecting on Matthew 5:3:

Beware of placing Our Lord as a Teacher first.

If Jesus Christ is a Teacher only, then all He can do is to tantalize me by erecting a standard I can not attain. What is the use of presenting me with an ideal I cannot possibly come near? I am happier without knowing it. What is the good of telling me to be what I never can be–to be pure in heart, to do more than my duty, to be perfectly devoted to God?

I must know Jesus Christ as Saviour before His teaching has any meaning for me other than that of an ideal which leads to despair. But when I am born again of the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come to teach only: He came to make me what He teaches I should be.

– My Utmost for His Highest, July 21

(HT: Dane Ortlund)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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