Jesus takes a number of steps to strengthen his followers. He sends them out for ministry on their own; asks them about who he is; prepares them for his death; and challenges their pride and willingness to sacrifice for him. Despite their time with Jesus, their maturation is still incomplete.
Many become impatient with themselves and their own failings. Yet our development has been overseen by leaders far more flawed than Jesus. When we fail to “get it” sometimes, we need to realize we aren’t alone.