Priceless Advice

Have you ever had someone give you advice that you use on a regular basis? Maybe it was something that you've never heard anyone else share, yet it's something that you couldn't imagine living without. I can think of a couple examples. I still remember when my dad, as I was learning to drive, taught me that you turn on your blinker around the same time you put your foot on the brake before a turn. Even though I have never heard anyone else teach that, there is hardly a time that my foot touches the brake that my hand doesn't automatically turn on my blinker. Another example has to do with aviation. My flight instructor gave me a rule of thumb for knowing when to start my descent into an airport. I've read all kinds of complicated formulas and equations online that give this answer, but my instructor told me to start descending three miles out for each thousand feet I need to descend. He said it works in nearly every situation with nearly every kind of aircraft. And so far, it has. I couldn't imagine flying without knowing this even though I've never heard anyone else teach it.

When Jesus was on earth, He was teaching a lot of things that no one else was teaching. In fact, the people were tired of listening to the rabbis and religious teachers of His day; but when Jesus began His ministry, they were constantly following Him. After Jesus finished His Sermon on the Mount, the Bible says, "And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes" (Matthew 7:28, 29). Jesus is still giving priceless advice with authority today. Read the Bible and I guarantee you'll find something in there that no one else is teaching that will change your life if you let it.