We live our lives endeavoring to discover who we are, and why we were created. In fact, our Maker designed us to develop within a family, and discover our identity within community. This is why HaShem designed growth to require training and interactive involvement with other individuals who can invest, or deposit necessary truths into the lives of those who hunger for it. Our natural hunger causes us to seek out natural food, that will satisfy this innate desire to grow incrementally. Likewise, Our Spiritual Hunger for HaShem creates a similar search for Significance and Spiritual Satisfaction.
From Genesis [“Bereshit”] to Revelation, our Bible reveals a disciplined, yet fulfilling process for children [Duet. 6:4-9], disciples and protégées sitting under the teaching and training of wise parents, teachers [rabbis] and congregational/community leaders. This way of learning is formally called “Discipleship”, or becoming “talmidim” [students]. Individuals start as followers, develop into disciples [“disciplined ones”] and proceed like Yeshua’s 12 “sent-ones” [“apostles”], to step into their leadership positions and spiritual giftings. The question is, “Who are you following?”
• There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after. — Rick Joyner
• To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. — Simone Weil
• The decision to grow always involves a choice between risk and comfort. This means that to be a follower of Jesus you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life. — John Ortberg
Ever since the BEGINNING of time, mankind has searched for the significance and meaning for human existence. Why were we created? What purpose did God have for man [Adam & his descendants], from the Garden of Eden, to the Garden of Gethsemane? What is God’s Plan for Man, and how can we accomplish the Master’s Great Commission and Assignment?
These questions have become man’s amazing quest, and never-ending journey, in a world of confusing detours and distractions. The focus of man’s pursuit is to eventually please their Maker, and fulfill their innate design and destiny. For those who have not yet discovered the real essence of why they were created, this inner yearning gets misguided by carnal pleasures and worldy pursuits, instead of experiencing a satisfying search for the One True God [Elohim], proclaimed in the “Sh’ma” found in Deut. 6:4-9 [“Hear O Israel…”].
Spiritual maturity and divine significance is accomplished by an individual’s personal desire to move from one level of growth to the next, as self-awareness is overcome by God-awareness. We must acknowledge Him in all our ways, so that He can direct our paths [Prov. 3:6]. We must spiritually move from one “chair” to the next. The CHAIR is symbolic of a “seat of learning”. Disciples would sit under the teaching of a “rabbi”, or “master teacher”, and follow in his footsteps. This is why Yeshua said “Follow Me!” to the men who desired to be His disciples. They were mostly, unlearned, and unqualified fishermen, political zealots or tax-collectors, who would have to follow in their family’s business [fishing, carpentry, ect.]. Only the top percentile of the local synagogue would qualify to be the next rabbis, teachers, leaders or judges of Israel. They had to learn the “Torah” [First Five Books of the “Law” of Moses: Gen. –Deut.] by age 10, fulfill God’s Commandments at age 13, and study rabbinical commentary and biblical interpretation by age 15, or else find a secular occupation by age 20. The Disciples of Jesus were privileged, and hand-selected to follow Him, and “do” as “He did”. The goal is “DO, then teach others to Do!”
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.