Would you allow someone who is prone to wrecking to teach you how to drive?
Would you skydive tandem with an instructor who has never been skydiving?
Would you take directions from someone who has never been where you are going?
Would you take advice from that parent who tries to give you parenting advice, but can’t seem to control their owns kids?
Or would you take seriously someone who you know is guilty of gossiping and tries to coach you on integrity?
I think most of us would be smart enough not to do the things mentioned above. Common sense says, listen to those who are speaking from experience. And take advice from those who are being successful in the are they are trying to teach you in.
Blind leading the Blind
The reality is that we will always lack knowledge in some are of our lives. We will never have it all figured out. At least, not on this side of heaven. So we need to have mentors and teachers that can lead us through those areas. But as we will see in the following verses we need to be very selective with who we allow to influence us.
Luke 6:39-42 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
What Jesus is getting at in these verses, is that teacher must teach from personal experience and conviction. Some will try to teach about areas that they are not walking in with integrity. Or they might talk about areas that they have no experience in.
Jesus would say this is about as crazy as someone walking around with a beam in their eye trying to pull toothpicks out of someone else’s’ eye.
The proof is in the pudding
Luke 6:43-45 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn-bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
I love how Jesus uses common things to teach about spiritual things. Basically, what he is getting at apple trees are considered apple trees because they produce apples. In other words, looks to the “fruits” of the teacher, before you follow their teaching. If you wait and listen long enough, you will be able to tell, because their “mouth speaks what their heart is full of.”
The sighted leading the blind
So who is your teacher? Who are you allowing to influence your decisions, finances, relationships, parenting, and your faith? You will not be above your teacher.
This is why it is so great to be led by Jesus. Jesus doesn’t have any blind areas he is not aware of. When you are led by Jesus, you can be sure that he is leading you in the right direction. He is leading you on a path to be more like himself.
There will be days when you don’t understand what he’s doing because you still have blind area. In those moments you must trust that he sees what you can’t see