It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it. This idiom reminds me of the TV show “Dirty Jobs” starring Mike Rowe. I would watch Mike on TV take on some of the nastiest jobs possible. It could be anything from cleaning a sewage tank to getting rid of birds from a high tech installation. Every job had it’s challenges but also each job had a key element. At each work site Mike was shown how to do the job by an expert, skilled technician or mastercraftman. He was always given a very short apprenticeship in a specialized skill.
It amazes me how we take our knowledge and skills for granted. After my work accident, two years ago, I came to appreciate every step I was able to make. It has taken a long time to learn new ways of doing what I used to do without thinking. I now realize there is a why behind every how. So, I continue to relearn old skills and gain new skills because I believe God has a purpose for my life.
Jesus taught his disciples knowledge and skills for a purpose. They were sent out to make disciples teaching them everything Jesus taught. For those who apprentice under Jesus the return on investment is not monetary. The stakes are far higher. There is a different why to being a disciple of Jesus. What knowledge and skills does God want you to learn and use? Why?
Apprenticeship: Knowledge, skill and wisdom to become like the master (craftsman).
Purpose: monetary gain.
Discipleship: Knowledge, skill and wisdom to become like the master.
Purpose: to make disciple makers.
1. An apprentice is a learner. A disciple of Jesus is one who learns from Jesus!
2. An apprentice is a follower. A disciple of Jesus is one who follows in the footsteps of Jesus.
But more than just learning from Jesus or following Jesus – a disciplemaker is actually “apprenticing others into the likeness of the master (Jesus).”
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:18-20 MSG
Christ had strong words for those who had knowledge that resulted in no action. ὑποκριτής … hypocrite. Knowledge without action is barren (empty, hollow).
“Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said: These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”” Matthew 15:7-9 HCSB
All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life. Mary Caroline Richards
Innovation without imitation is a complete waste of time. Mike Rowe
Not all knowledge comes from college and not all skills come with degrees. RR