You Become Like Your Teacher

like your teacher

Then Jesus gave the following illustration: Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
(Luke 6:39, 40)

Why would a man ask his unsuccessful friends for advice? Why does a man keep taking advice from himself when he keeps getting the same results?

There’s a lot of Get Rich Quick programs out there. You pay big money and fall hard because the programs were good at marketing to you. The only people who get rich quick are the people who sell the programs.

In the seventies I was exploring various Eastern religions and pushing my views on everyone. When I lived in Richmond, Virginia, I befriended a couple in our apartment building. One evening the husband shot me down when he said, “You go and live it for ten years. Then come back and tell me about it.”

He was right.

The quickest path to success is not to take shortcuts. Find people who already are successful and ask for their advice.

That’s why I love the Bible and spend so much time in it. I can get advice from some of the most successful people who ever lived, people who also are endorsed by God:

  • Solomon
  • Paul
  • John
  • Jesus
  • Peter
  • Moses

I also get a lot of my advice from well-known teachers, like Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, Jim Collins, and there the men and women I personally know—people whose track records have proven successful. Even then, I’m careful to embrace the areas where they have been successful. As Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”

Stop taking advice from unsuccessful people. Stop taking your own advice, unless you’re advising yourself to get advice from people more successful than yourself.

Phillip Cohen