Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.” (Luke 2:51)

READ: Luke 2:48-52

Before being launched into the ministry, Jesus went through some training under His parent, even though He recognized Himself as their creator. Luke 2:51 says He subjected Himself under their tutelage control. In the same way, He allowed Himself to be baptized by John. Moses had to undergo training at the backside of the desert after spending 40 years in the palace where he had access to the best education. If you were in the Master’s or Moses’ shoes, would you allow yourself to be trained by your subordinates? This is one area leaders are failing today. If you are not humble and patient enough to undergo training, you will end up as a bad leader. Untrained leaders are a major cause of problems in ministry.

Moreover, God’s training is in phases: Some done by men, and others by God. In the former, God uses human instrument to train His chosen ones. An example of this was when Elijah took Elisha through some years of training. In the same vein, Moses trained Joshua, Solomon trained Jeroboam and Paul mentored Timothy. This is a very significant aspect of ministerial preparations as it affords the trainee opportunities of learning from a mentor. The trainee is guided according to ministerial requirements. And because of proximity to the trainer, he or she is able to learn from the mistakes of the trainer. It is great to have a good mentor that relates with your experiences on daily basis.

The human instrument for your training could sometimes be your parents as was the case with our Lord Jesus Christ. It could also be your guardians as was the experience of Moses in Pharaoh’s court. The person chosen to do the training is not as important as what he is expected to impact on the trainee. Each trainer the Lord has chosen for you has an important assignment: to deposit something of value into your life. He or she has what you need. Rejecting your trainers can lead to quantifiable loss. It will obviously, impact your destiny in a negative way. God can choose anyone to do the training. Only humbly accept the trainer and ask for God’s grace if the trainer is the difficult type. How are you responding to your human trainers today?

Pray for divine teachers and instructors.

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