Judoka – Teach Others

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

One of the tenets of any martial art, including Judo, is sharing what you learned with others. Many people do not know that Judo is a relatively new martial art.

It was founded in 1882 by Jigoro Kano in Japan during a time when the country was trying to forget it’s past. They were trying to catch up technologically with Great Britain and the Untied States. Kano, a schoolboy, tired of getting bullied by other boys in school, sought out instruction in the traditional samurai art of Ju-Jitsu (Meaning gentle art). Many of the teachers would only accept students they knew because Japan had banned teaching of this art.

Kano went through 3 teachers before finding a family friend who wrote a letter of recommendation and got him into a school of instruction. His persistence and perserverence paid off within a few short years his teacher passed away and left the school to Kano. Kano then gathered as much knowledge as he could from all the Ju-Jitsu schools. He knew the art would not survive unless someone carried it on. He altered some of the techniques to make it safe to train and created Judo. He slowly built us students and trained them until they could teach, then he sent them off around the world to teach. Now Judo is practiced on every habitated continent.

Jesus also build His following by gathering 12 students. He worked to preserve the spirit of His father’s word, and taught these principles to his students. When the time came, he gave them the mission listed above…go teach.

Teaching the word isn’t optional for Christians, it’s critical. Christianity cannot and will not survive unless people are committed to teaching others and sharing our experience with Christ to others.

Christians are not called to protest and condemn the events of this world. There were plenty of opportunities for Jesus to exhibit this behavior, but he chose to ignore them, focusing instead on the individuals he encountered.

Christians are not called to save lost souls. Jesus did not say in the verses above, go and save all you can, creating me an army of pushy salespeople to pound my message into their hearts until they submit. Instead, He presented the word gently, but truthfully and left them to decide.

Mark 10:17-22 ESV

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”  And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Jesus did not sell a pitch to this man, chasing him down, beating him over the  head with scripture. He presented the truth in love and let the man leave disheartened because the man’s heart, his idol, was on his posessions.

No ideology can survive unless one generation passes it on to the next. So go, teach the word of God to others. Do it with the love, patience, and persistence of Christ.

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