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Devotional: He Said “Let Me Teach You”

One of my favorite verses in the entire Bible is a passage spoken by Jesus himself, where He promises rest for our soul. It’s a verse I’ve read many times throughout my life and I bet you have too. But when I came across this verse on a random morning back in June, it really stuck with me for a specific reason and I wanted to share that today. Here’s the verse:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

I can’t help but feel a huge sense of relief when I read those words. Jesus, the King of all Kings, wants to take our burdens. He wants to carry the weight of our problems, worries, and fears so we don’t have to. It’s an incredible invitation. But the part I recently got hung up on is this, “let me teach you”. Have you ever stopped to think about those four words and what they really mean for us?

The definition of teach is to show or explain to someone how to do something. Jesus wants to teach us how to live. He wants to be our coach, our guide, our mentor, our counselor.

I don’t know about you, but that gets me really excited. I want Jesus to teach me everything. And after reading that verse and seeing those words pop out at me in a new way a few months ago, I’ve made it a habit to pray for Jesus to teach me all the things I want to learn, both big and small.

Teach me how to think.
Teach me how to focus on the good.
Teach me how to trust you fully.
Teach me how to know your love for me.
Teach me how to live without fear.
Teach me how to see things with your perspective.
Teach me how to have a good attitude.
Teach me how to not worry.
Teach me how to grow in my relationship with you.
Teach me how to overcome challenges.
Teach me how to live in a better way.
Teach me how to believe in myself the way you do.
Teach me how to start my day.
Teach me how to end my day.
Teach me to ignore the voice of the enemy.
Teach me to put on your armor every day.
Teach me to live life to the fullest.
Teach me how to stand my ground.
Teach me to walk in confidence.
Teach me how to be the best mom and wife I can be.
Teach me how to do my job in a way that glorifies you.
Teach me how to forgive others.
Teach me how to live with your joy.
Teach me how to live with peace.
Teach me how to be unstoppable.
Teach me how to make good decisions.
Teach me how to be fearless.
Teach me how to live to glorify you.

I want Jesus to teach me everything. I have so much to learn, so much room for growth, so much more I could experience in my relationship with the Lord. And it’s just amazing that He is ready and eager to show us the way–to guide us to a better way of going through each day. We just have to ask Him.

“I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:25-26

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  • montanagoose
    October 4, 2023

    Regarding teaching, I’ve always liked the imagery of Proverbs:

    “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching [torah] a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:23, ESV)

    And the parallel in John:

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, ESV)

    • Sarah
      > montanagoose
      October 8, 2023

      Love those verses, thanks so much for sharing. xo

  • Jamie
    October 5, 2023

    i need more of the words god is pouring into your heart. today’s devotion poured right into my spirit. do we ever think about all that jesus can teach us? i will be writing your list down in my prayer journal. i will be waiting every week to hear what god is speaking to you. he’s given you a beautiful gift. sarah. thank you for sharing with us.

    • Sarah
      > Jamie
      October 8, 2023

      Thank you Jamie. It’s so wild to think about how much Jesus could teach us. I know there’s a higher level we could all live at if we were more like Him in the way we think and act. That’s my goal. xoxo

  • Caroldenne
    October 5, 2023

    Thank you Sarah for all you do in your devotionals. 🙏🏻

    Please keep sharing the Word of God , you are touching so many of us and I appreciate it so much!!!

    • Sarah
      > Caroldenne
      October 8, 2023

      I appreciate that, thank you so much!

  • Faith Pedersen
    October 5, 2023

    Amen sister! Agree, we need to ask & we will receive! Asking Jesus to “Teach me” too! Thank you for this devotional!🙏Blessings to you as you share!

    • Sarah
      > Faith Pedersen
      October 8, 2023

      Thank you for stopping by Faith!

  • Kim
    October 5, 2023

    Thank you so much Sarah. I have been truly blessed by your devotionals.

    • Sarah
      > Kim
      October 8, 2023

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read them Kim!

  • Sandy
    October 5, 2023

    Thank you for these words. They help so much. I really needed that. God bless you n your family

    • Sarah
      > Sandy
      October 8, 2023

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by Sandy. xo

  • Cheryl
    October 5, 2023

    Thank you for the encouragement Sarah! I love those verses too! I memorized them last year.

    • Sarah
      > Cheryl
      October 8, 2023

      So good!

  • Karla
    October 6, 2023

    Thank you Sarah! I need Jesus to teach me to show His love to others, even when they do not show it to me.

    • Sarah
      > Karla
      October 8, 2023

      I need Him to show me that too, Karla. xo

  • Sara
    October 6, 2023

    Sarah, this is beautiful! Words we all need to say over and over daily. Thank you for reminding me of this scripture.

    I was thrilled to see you in Dallas (with your mom). I live in Oklahoma and enjoy your content. Also, good to see you with our Oklahoma girls from The Spoiled Home!

    Sara

    • Sarah
      > Sara
      October 8, 2023

      Oh I love the Spoiled Home girls. They are so sweet!

  • Jeana
    October 6, 2023

    Thank you! The “teach me” points truly spoke to my heart.

    • Sarah
      > Jeana
      October 8, 2023

      So glad to hear that Jeana. xoxo

  • Pat
    October 6, 2023

    Thank you for these words of encouragement. I need to surrender each day to the king of kings. Blessings to you for all you do.

    • Sarah
      > Pat
      October 8, 2023

      Amen, I need to do the same.

  • Jenni
    October 6, 2023

    Love that!! It’s amazing how God works to send a message at the very moment that I needed!
    Thank you for sharing. I love that you are a woman of God and it shows!
    Jenni

    • Sarah
      > Jenni
      October 8, 2023

      Oh I love when that happens. So glad this could help!

  • Julie Healy
    October 6, 2023

    Sarah I love this. I am saving it to read daily to remind myself of all the things I have to learn. You are such an inspiration to me. As I have said before I am so happy I ‘found’ you. You exude light and love and inspiration.
    Thank you, Julie Healy

    • Sarah
      > Julie Healy
      October 8, 2023

      Thank you Julie, I am so happy you ‘found’ me too. I appreciate you stopping by to read my devotionals! xo

  • Donna
    October 7, 2023

    Beautiful! Thank you,Sarah!

    • Sarah
      > Donna
      October 8, 2023

      thanks for stopping by Donna!

  • Debbie Hibbert
    October 7, 2023

    Thank you for sharing this, Sarah.

    • Sarah
      > Debbie Hibbert
      October 8, 2023

      Thanks for reading Debbie!

  • Mary Lou
    October 8, 2023

    So good, Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Sarah
      > Mary Lou
      October 8, 2023

      Thank you for stopping by Mary Lou. xoxo

  • Gwynne
    October 8, 2023

    Such a greatly to break down what the verse really means!

  • Laurie
    October 9, 2023

    I love this Sarah! I would like to share it with my women’s group if you don’t mind. I’ll give you the credit, of course. Also, congratulations on your award nomination. Very well-deserved!

    • Sarah
      > Laurie
      October 10, 2023

      I would love that, thank you for sharing with your group Laurie!

  • Pam
    December 14, 2023

    Thank you for your wise words and sharing your journey. Gods using you to shine for Him!

  • Karen
    January 26, 2024

    Sarah, I am trying to grow in my faith with the Lord.
    I have a hard time with so many things competing for my attention.
    I just love your devtionals! Thank you for sharing! ❤️