«Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her» (Proverbs 8:10, 11).
The way Jesus prepared His disciples represents the most effective educational model ever known. The Lord observed them for a time. He discovered their virtues and flaws. At first, they were simply followers of Christ, then they would become cola borers (Mark 1:14; 3:12). He carefully selected those who would be His disciples seeking a readiness to learn, commitment to mission, and courage to face adversity. If these elements were present, only a little effort was sufficient to obtain great results (Mark 3:14, 15). In addition, He lived among them for several years (John 17:6-8) and taught them fundamental truths of His kingdom (Mark 4:1—9), that is, He wasted no time arguing over conjectures, assumptions, or theological dislikes of the time. As if that were not enough, He went deeper on some subjects in private conversations promoting questions, clarifying, deepening understanding, and favoring reflection (Mark 4:10-34; 7:17; 9:28; 10:10) and He illustrated His teachings through His life and actions (Mark 10:13-16; 10:45; 15:33-38), using immediate, vivid, and concrete situations to facilitate learning (Mark 4:35-41) in an easy-to-understand language.
Every time He assigned a task to His disciples, the instructions were clear and left no room for confusion. In addition, He organized them to work as a team to teach them how to solve problems together (Mark 6:7-13). Jesus assessed, corrected, and fostered learning (Mark 6:30; Luke 10:17—24). On several occasions, He changed the instructional scenarios to bring their minds to other kinds of reflections (Mark 4:35, 36). He emphasized and repeated fundamental lessons to ensure that His disciples had understood Him (Mark 4:35-41). He didn’t assign specific jobs until they were well prepared. And, of course, He prayed for them (Luke 10:21, 22; 22:31, 32; John 17). He knew that the great changes in their lives could only be achieved with the help of divine power. Jesus trusted His disciples and placed on them the leadership of His church. He did not treat them as newbies or apprentices, rather He gave them authority as leaders of His people (Mark 16:14-20; Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:19-23).
Jesus is the best Teacher that ever lived. To follow His pedagogical example is to approach an integral concept of education. He is willing to teach you what you don’t understand. Seek Him out today.