When I was 16 I started an apprenticeship at Australian Iron and Steel at Port Kembla as an electrical instrument fitter.
My first year was completed in a big training workshop with over 100 other apprentices. We studied at TAFE one day a week and practiced the things we were studying in the workshop.
In the second year I was moved out onto the plant and assigned to a tradesman electrician to learn the trade. I watched him do something, then he would let me give it a go and he would give me feedback on what I did.
The plan was that eventually I would be just like my tradesman – I could work on my own and do what he did, and one day even have my own apprentice to train.
Over 4 years I worked all around the steelworks watching and doing and learning, passing exams at TAFE, and eventually I graduated as a tradesman myself.
Becoming a Christian is a bit like serving an apprenticeship. The Bible calls this type of apprenticeship ‘discipleship’.
Jesus becomes our tradesman that we watch and listen to as His apprentices or disciples. As a Christian Jesus is the one we want to learn to be like, so we can do the things He did!
We learn about Jesus in the company of others in a ‘training shed’ that we call the Church.
But the church is so much more than just a place… it is the people whom God has called to follow Him and to learn to be like Jesus, so that everyone can come to be part of His family.
When Jesus was here on earth He told this parable...
“One blind man cannot lead another one; if he does, both will fall into a ditch. No pupils are greater than their teacher; but all pupils, when they have completed their training, will be like their teacher.”
I wonder who you have chosen as your tradesman, your teacher, who are you trying to be like, to emulate, and where is your apprenticeship taking you?
If you’d like to learn more about being one of Jesus’ apprentices, please come and join us…
- Gordon Frencham -