Matthew 10:24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for
the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
Jesus is teaching His twelve disciples (Matthew 10:1,5), preparing them for the assignment He is sending them on. He knows the difficulties they are going to have. Jesus tells them to go about their assignment like He has been going about His. Jesus is their Teacher and Lord. The disciples are to be like Him. Paul "got" this when he instructed the Corinthian believers, "Be imitators of me as I am of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1).
The lesson for us today is simple but impossible for us to do without the help of the Holy Spirit. We are to do our God-given assignments (husband, wife, father, mother, teacher, manager, friend, ambassador of Christ taking His message to those in our sphere of influence, etc.) just like Jesus would do them. Reading through the New Testament instructs us how Jesus did His work. Only three things I'll highlight here: (1) He did His work by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-4:1; 12:28); (2) He did all things well (Mark 7:37); (3) He did His assignment as one who was gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29). Are you doing your God-given assignment like Jesus would?
Jesus also wanted to protect the disciples from slander, name calling. He told them that some of those they were sent to would call them Beelzebul just as they called Him Beelzebul. Who is Beelzebul? He is the ruler or prince of demons (Matthew 12:24). They tried to paint Jesus as a bad guy. Jesus tells His followers they will do the same to them. What are we to do when this happens? We are to remember who we are in Christ and what the Lord says about us. Jesus didn't entrust Himself to people, but to God (John 2:24-25; 1 Peter 2:23). Let's do the same.
What is Jesus saying to you today? What are you going to do about it?