And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher (Luke 6:39-40).
I’m working on some studies on the word “disciple” and how it is used in the Scriptures. Luke 6:40 always comes to mind when I think of the word “disciple,” but I want you to notice the previous verse in connection with it. We will get there in a minute.
What is a disciple?
A disciple is a student and follower of another. This implies some things: (1) that you recognize you want to learn something, and (2) that you go to someone you believe can teach you what you want to learn.
I believe a modern equivalent would be an apprenticeship relationship. A young man wants to be an electrician, so he is mentored by a experienced electrician. This is how Jesus learned to be a carpenter, He grew up in the house of a carpenter (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).
Everyone who is perfectly trained
What is the end goal of a teacher-disciple relationship? Plainly stated, it is for the student to become just like his teacher. Keeping that in mind, go and research how many times the followers of Jesus are called “disciples” in the Scriptures. The whole point of following Jesus is to become like Him.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Please go back to Luke 6:39 now and consider what Jesus said just before the “disciple” statement in verse 40.
“Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?”
Men, what if the teachers/masters we are following are blind leaders taking us into the ditch? Jesus said we will become just like them. Everyone who is perfectly trained by a blind leader will also become a blind leader and everyone ends up in the ditch.
Take inventory today, men, of who is teaching you and mentoring you. Who are the masters to whom you have made yourselves disciples? Where are they heading?
Finally, I will leave you with one verse as your plan of action for today:
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith (Hebrews 13:7).