Exceptional Teacher – Matthew 19:1-15

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An exceptional teacher doesn’t take criticism too seriously but just has a passion for what they do and loves being who they are. They really get inside the learner and motivate. Picture the scene in Matthew 19:1-15 as crowds would flock to be in the presence of Christ. Since people were drawn to Jesus, shouldn’t they be drawn to us? As my Pastor Steve Ramsdell said once in a sermon, “Jesus can shape us to be the people we need to be”. For more inspiring sermon messages, visit at this link: Sermon Podcast 

As pointed out in Matthew 19, Jesus left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him. Then some Pharisees wanted to question Jesus about divorce hoping they could force him to contradict the Law of Moses but Jesus was able to skillfully teach about the divine ideal for marriage.

Later in the passage, Jesus teaches the disciples that children are welcome to come to him for prayer. In Jesus’ day, little children were thought of as a hindrance to a spiritual leader like Jesus so the disciples rebuked those that brought their children to Him. Jesus demonstrated more love and tenderness than the best of his disciples by letting the children come to him so He could pray for them.

Click on this link if you would like: In The Garden: Norm Hastings, Piano to help with focus and reflection. Think about what you may pray for today. Is there a plan of action God is giving you today?

God gives insight into how to play a part in a preferred future and gives plans to make a difference in society. This day with God, make it a part of your prayer to lift up those close to you; maybe a spouse or children. Pray for grandchildren, a niece, nephew, or another child you know. This day with God will be amazing because like jumper cables that recharge one battery from another, we can be the link that connects the power of God to people. We can get interested in them, make them happy, and empower them.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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6 Responses to Exceptional Teacher – Matthew 19:1-15

  1. Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com says:

    Thank you very much Mark, for sharing this wonderful post. Jesus gives us a blueprint on how we should live the Christian life. He shows us time and time again that love takes precedence over tradition.

    God bless you my brother.

  2. Just wanted to say, I really loved your analogy of the jumper cables at the end!

    • Mark Shields says:

      Thanks Joshua. I’ve seen it happen many times where someone’s battery was dead and they needed jumper cables to get started. It happened to me once when I was 100 miles from home. The encouragement or act of kindness we offer to others may seem like such a small thing but when it connects them to God, it’s a big thing.

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