The Present Moment as Your Personal Teacher

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 53

When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

–John 21:21-22 (ESV)

We do not pay enough attention to the teacher that Jesus has sent to us. This teacher speaks to every heart, sharing with each one a unique, living word. But we do not listen to him! We would like to know what he says to others, but we do not listen to what he says to us.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

In one of his post-resurrection appearances, we see Jesus in conversation with Peter, speaking his destiny to him, giving him words that would encourage and sustain him for years to come. Peter’s reaction is to look at another disciple and say, “What about him?” A good indicator that we would do the same thing is if we do not think we would do the same thing. In that case, we probably do not realize how much we are already doing it—not in private conversation with Jesus, but with regard to our present circumstances, what Jean Pierre de Caussade calls “the teacher that Jesus has sent to us.”

In the present moment, you will find a teacher assigned to you, with the exact lesson you need to learn. It is useless to try to learn someone else’s lesson just because it seems more interesting or more pleasant. In fact, it is worse than useless, it is detrimental to your soul.

To focus on your own teacher, you must overcome the fear of missing out. The good news is that it only takes a small exercise of faith to realize that you are missing nothing by sticking with the teacher God has given you. What you should really fear missing out on is your own private lesson. Learn it today so you can learn something new tomorrow.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.