I want to know Christ… Philippians 3:10
Paul’s passion after his dramatic conversion experience was that he wanted to know Christ. Period. Nothing else seemed to matter. Sometimes that meant that he had to preach the Gospel. Sometimes he had to teach. Sometimes he just had to fellowship with his fellow believers. In all of those actions, he was learning more and more about Christ because God was using those people to teach him.
Obviously we know that people can teach us what to do and what not to do by their actions and words. But I think we need to be receptive to hearing and learning. “What can this person teach me about Christ?” is probably a fairly common prayer we should have. Even the vilest of people can teach us great things about Christ.
One such man in my past would call me to task every time I did something that he thought that Christians shouldn’t be doing. He didn’t know Christ but he did know that we as Believers didn’t have to stoop to his level to prove a point. In his own way, he was teaching me that Christ cared even in my speech and course jesting.
I’m not saying that every single person you come across will teach you something about the nature of Christ.
Or maybe I am.