From Jeanne Guyon’s Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ:
Why do converts remain basically unchanged despite so much effort? It is because those over them have dealt only with the outward matters of their lives. There is a better way: Go straight to the heart!
Laying down rules and trying to change the outward behavior will not produce a work that will endure in the life of a Christian.
As I read these words this morning it stirred in my heart what I’ve always believed. It is not my responsibility to teach people everything I know or to tell them what to do. It is my responsibility to lead people to the One Who taught me everything I know.
I don’t have enough time in the world to teach others all the Bible. I’m still learning much of it myself. I also know that for many, my just telling them is not enough. It would just be information in their heads, not wisdom that penetrates deep into their hearts producing true and lasting change. But what I can do, is help others develop a relationship with the One Who is the Bible.
The are things no man alone can teach that you will only learn while sitting at the Father’s side or as Mary did sitting at the feet of Jesus, where the Holy Spirit can bring light and knowledge beyond the knowledge of this world.
If we help others develop a relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, we have given them so much more than just a lesson, just some rules, just a little knowledge. We have given them the key to all they will ever need. They will find it in Him.
I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side… (John 8:38, Amplified)
This is just what Aprel and I were discussing!