A Tale Of Two Masters & a Punch
I heard an interesting story the other day that really highlights the importance of the basics and of remembering that we can all always learn something.
You probably know that when you are learning and you find your mind opening in a way that you get really curios. Speaking to you as someone who loves to learn. I'd just wanted you to learn that in this passage I'm going to cover two different but related topics and every one of which, I think you will find interesting and worthwhile for your own reasons.
In the story, you are going to discover a great life lesson. A lesson that can improve all other areas of your life. Especially if you want to get good at something you are now interested in learning.
Now isn't it interesting how you can find your own reasons to get really excited about that? But as that's happening, I think you can agree that is the process of opening your mind to something really amazing.
Anyway, as you tag along with me, let me tell you the story.
An American student of Chinese martial arts (a black belt, actually) along with his translator were given an opportunity to meet with a Shaolin warrior-monk. The black belt student was extremely excited about the opportunity, because he has heard about the "Secrets” of the Shaolin.
"Translator, please tell the monk that I wish to learn the secrets of the Shaolin," he implored.
The translator spent a few minutes conversing with the monk and then told the black belt student, "The Master wants to teach you how to punch."
"Translator, I know how to throw a punch. Please, ask him to teach me some of his advanced secrets."
The translator spent more time conversing with the master and again told his student, "He wants to teach you how to punch."
"Translator, I am a black belt. I have trained with you for years. You know I know how to throw a punch. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to be able to learn the secrets of the Shaolin. Please, ask him to teach me the secrets."
The translator again spoke with the monk, and this time the monk asked to see the student's punch. The monk lit a candle and asked for a full force punch directly at the flame, but to stop one inch away.
The student threw a beautiful punch and stopped exactly one inch away from the lit candle. "See," he cried, "I have thrown a perfect punch. Ask the monk to teach me a secret."
The translator spoke with the monk and then he turned and said, "The master is very impressed with your punch. He says it is very good and very powerful. He would now like to show you his punch." So, the monk got up and threw his punch. Instead of stopping an inch away, he stopped a foot and a half away. But, something amazing happened; the candle flame went out.
The student was stunned! How could the monk have put out the flame from more than a foot away? "Please," he implored, "that is what I have been asking for. I want to learn that."
The translator spoke to the monk and translated, "That is what he has been saying. He wants to teach you how to throw a punch."
Moral: You don't know what you don't know.
Clearly, we are not concerned about the thousands of different types of punches you know, but only practised once. We are concerned about the one punch you have practised a thousand times.
How does that apply to all the areas of your life? Let's take one of the seven areas of life namely spiritual growth and show you an example.
Let's take just one basic principle, in spiritual growth area namely: OBEY THE MASTER.
You are probably wondering how do I get that so let me tell you the story:
Jos 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
From the book of Joshua 1:8 we learn that to be successful in our spiritual walk, we must obey the Master. Obeying the Master makes our faith grow. With faith, you can move mountains which is much more than merely putting out a candle from a distance.
How much more is it ...?
Imagine how Peter walked on the water because He obeyed The Master's call to “come”.
Imagine how Marry conceived because she said, “Luk 1:38 Behold the handmaid of YHWH; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
Imagine how Elijah prayed and fire came down from heaven.
Imagine how hungry lions did not eat Daniel who was obeying the master.
Imagine how Noah knew to start building an ark 120 years in advance of a worldwide flood.
Anyway, In The Book of Luke, the disciples asked for more faith and The Master told them a story about the basics: obey the Master, then the mountain will obey you.
See Luke and James below:
Luk 17:5-10 And the apostles said unto Yahushua, Increase our faith. (6) And Yahushua said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. (7) But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? (8) And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? (9) Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. (10) So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to YHWH. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James teaches: Obey the Master, then you can even resist the devil.
Let's get back to the basics.
I am practising to obey the Master how about you?
What should we obey?
What Did The Master Say In Matthew 5 and Matthew chapter 19?
Mat 19:16-19 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Rabbi, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (17) And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, Elohim: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (18) He saith unto him, Which? Yahushua said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, (19) Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 16:6 Then Yahushua said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Mat 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Mat 15:8-9 ‘This people draw near to Me with their mouth, and respect Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. (9) ‘But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men.’ ”b Isa_29:13. Footnote: b Mar_7:7, 2Ki_17:19.
Mat 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
(19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(20) For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
What Did The Master Say In Matthew 5:19? Are you keeping it or breaking it? Let's master the basics first.
Joh 14:15-18 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (16) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (18) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of YHWH, and have the testimony of Yahushua the Messiah.
Jas 2:17-20 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Clearly, we can see that when we first master the basic works, that will add credibility to our personal testimony of Yahushua the Messiah, isn't it?
Brother Jan-Willem Kühn