Monday, May 12, 2008

Private Explanations

"In His public ministry Jesus never taught without using parables; but afterward, when He was alone with His disciples, He explained everything to them privately." (Mark 4:34. New Living Translation)

In any field of endeavor, the surest and best way to attain the highest summit of excellence and achievement is to personally learn from the very best in that field.

To the artist, a prolonged visit with Michelangelo or Da Vinci, privately explaining the use of perspective, shape, color and shade to bring out the true wonder of a work of art would be priceless indeed. To the writer, a private session with the likes of Shakespeare would make all the difference in their world -- listening to him explain the art of turning a phrase to capture the heart of his readers. The musician would be well graced to sit in on a private session with Beethoven, Bach, or, if it suits your style, the Beatles. The take-away of such an encounter would be life-defining.

Anytime one gets an opportunity to sit at the feet of a Master, the smart choice will always be to seize the opportunity. And that is what has been provided for us is our relationship with Jesus. But take note of these key points, for they must not be overlooked if you would experience this unique privilege.

First, it happened when they were alone. Sometimes one must break away from the hustle and bustle of the never-to-be-interrupted-quest for more before they will ever be able to fully hear the Lord speak to them. Second, Jesus expounded all things to them. That's the word the Old King James uses, and it means "to loose further." It's like a package being unwrapped; with each passing moment it becomes more and more apparent, until we openly hold in our hands what had previously been hidden to us.

Finally, like the disciples, we must be teachable. We must be ready to learn more than we suppose we need, and to be taken to places we never knew to go.

The Master is calling you; take a break and get away for some private explanations.

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