Monkey See, Monkey Do!

When you hear the phrase; “Monkey see, monkey do” it likely recalls a memory from your own life. Perhaps it’s from a time when your children were small, like the little girl in the picture above. She’s striving to imitate her mommy in every way, even if she doesn’t understand why. She loves and adores her mother and wants to be just like her. The picture represents one of life’s priceless moments and likely resonates with a memory from your own life that you have tucked away for safe keeping in the most secure part of your memory bank, never to be lost or forgotten.

For me, the image above reminds me of a time when our son was about 2 years old. He was just beginning to walk well, and he sometimes need something to help steady himself. One of his favorites was a wooden push toy and he pushed it everywhere.  Much preferred to the standard popper that shoots plastic marbles up against a plastic doom making a tremendously loud noise that reverberates off every wall in the house.

Thankfully, Zac’s favorite only made a subtle slapping sound about every second or two. That’s because it was a wooden duck attached to a long stick so it could be pushed around easily by a toddler. The duck was flanked on each side with round wooden wheels about as big as a quart sized paint can lid. Each wheel had slots cut into them on a 45-degree angle and inserted into the slots were thin, palm-sized pieces of orange leather cut into the shape of a duck foot. Each time the wheel rotated the leather foot slapped on the floor and so began the incessant plop-plop noise. But hey, as I said, it was much better than the piercing noise of the plastic popper.

One day our son happened to be playing on the patio near Tina with his duck stick while I mowed the yard. He was safely out of harms way and I was careful to keep my distance while ensuring the mower shoot remained pointed away from them. After making a few rounds around the yard and getting further away from the patio I looked over and noticed that Zachary had started tracing my path with his duck. He didn’t understand what he was doing, he just wanted to be like daddy. He didn’t have all the pieces right, but he was doing his best to imitate me, nonetheless. It would be many years before he was old enough and mature enough to tackle the real feat for himself but that didn’t stop him from trying.

The story we encounter today in the Gospel of Luke is not all that dissimilar. The disciples have been following Jesus around for years now and they had done their best to emulate Him in every way. But there was still a clear and unmistakable difference in one very critical area. They not only wanted to look like Him and sound like Him, they wanted to achieve the same results as Him. So, they asked Him for help, and they asked Him to teach them how to do it the right way. And so, He did.

The lesson Jesus taught the disciples that day represents what is perhaps the most enduring lesson ever taught by any teacher at any time ever in the history of the world. The indelible impact of that lesson is unmistakable across the centuries since that day. In fact, the impact is still being felt today and I have no doubt that it will be felt for as long as the Lord should tarry.

What was it that Jesus taught them? Why was it so impactful? Is the lesson still relevant today? Can we learn from it too? How can we apply His teaching to impact our lives today? Join us this week for the Bible study and find out. I promise you will come away with a simple, yet powerful tool that will help you unleash the power of His teaching in your everyday life today. Don’t miss it!

If you are unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File.  For more information about this Bible study series please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.