“Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? the disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” (Luke 6:39-40)



One ought not to isolate the fortieth verse from the thirty-ninth. We know that the disciple is not above his master, but that is not the point which Jesus was emphasizing. He was pointing out that before you can perform the duties of a master you need to become perfected as the master is perfect, otherwise you are only as the blind leading the blind - or, the imperfect leading the imperfect. Or, again, “that which is ‘in part’ ministering to that which is ‘in part,’ and not having sufficient sight, keep falling into the ditch. They will both move in the sphere of limitations. Only as the disciple is brought into the true perfection of the Master, can he in turn lead others into the same realm.



A disciple is a trained one, a taught one, a disciplined one - one who has conformed to the disciplines which bring conformity to His image. We need not refresh our memory with many scriptures on the qualifications of being a disciple, for there is one verse that sums them all up. “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:33) A total forsaking of all others, including “self,” that we might give ourselves totally unto Him - to learn of Him. It is a true self-renunciation; a complete and deliberate stand for truth, abandoning all else.



The qualification of being His disciple becomes intensified when we realize what our calling truly is - TO BECOME PERFECTED AS OUR MASTER. One surely cannot lead another on into God until they know the way themselves. Christ left “us an example, that we should follow in His steps.” (1 Pet. 2:21) For He is the Way to the Father, and into the fullness of life.



No greater than the Master can the servant be,

Suffice it in the matter to be transformed as He.

A transformation process - till thy body and thy mind,

Are changed into His image, a being well refined.

















TO BE HIS DISCIPLE [Ray Prinzing]          1

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