Isn’t it interesting how we learn...Jesus was a great teacher, transforming ordinary people into world changing disciples...how did he do it?
Most would say there are 4 stages of learning:
it begins with an invitation to watch. We observe how a task is done, see the
best way to do it and how to manage problems as they arise
we are invited to join in the activity with simple achievable steps that build
our confidence and experience
this, the roles are switched, the teacher takes on the observation and guidance
- with verbal support - role, until the activity is completed
- Then the apprentice or trainee heads off to complete the task on their own, knowing the teacher is only a call away, for support, if needed.
You can probably think of times like this where you have learnt a new activity, as I read the stories of Jesus, I see Him using this model with the disciples:
me (Matt 4:19), watch as I do (Matthew 8:23-27), now you do (Matthew 14:16),
then Jesus sent them out on their own (Mark 6:7).
helpful model, although a challenging one, that Jesus Gives to us.