What skills have you learned?
That’s a bit of a trick question. What skill do you have that you haven’t learned? There are very few things we do as humans that we don’t have to, at some point in our lives, learn.
I believe that one of the greatest skills we can acquire is also often one of the rarest and most difficult to attain. Obedience.
Many people are under the impression that obedience should come naturally. Once we accept Christ, we should be good to go, right? Hardly.
Even Jesus had to learn to be obedient.
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
Hebrews 5:8 (ESV)
This is a loaded statement. We know, in the end, what Jesus suffered. Yet he was still obedient. He was not coerced into obedience, but took it upon himself as a man to be discipled, instructed, and directed to do the will of His Father.
It can be argued that Jesus was fully God and therefore, obedience came easily to Him. Do not forget that He was also fully man. Had He learned obedience in theory only, how could we then learn from Him? Someone who has lived in the city all their life could describe for you the Amazon Jungle, but how much more effective would the description be coming from someone who lives there? Yet even more so from someone who has seen both the city and the jungle.
During His life on earth, Jesus saw both the city and the jungle. And, not only did He see them, He experienced them to the fullest so that we could trust His word on both.
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.
Hebrews 5:9 (ESV)
Daily Bible reading: Jeremiah 49-50, Hebrews 5