Have you ever heard the phrase “Those who can’t do…teach?” Well I’m not sure who came up with that idea, but it couldn’t be more off base. And I’m sure most teachers would agree with me. I am not a teacher by trade. I am a teacher by choice, though. And don’t be fooled, it takes a lot of guts to teach others about Jesus.
We have opportunities to teach and to learn every day. As high school or college students, where the teaching and learning comes from is pretty obvious. While that form of learning is great and beneficial (my husband is a biology instructor, after all), that’s not really what I’m talking about here. Every day we can learn something new. Every day we can teach someone else something.
Ok, so we can learn and teach things every day. Big things, small things, spiritual things, etc. So what? Why do we need to worry about teaching others? It is so important to teach others about Jesus and show His love because if you don’t do it, who will? We are called to love others. (John 13:34) What better way is there to love others than to help them grow closer to God?
So, what are some ways we can teach others?
- We can teach others by giving them an example to follow, just as Jesus did for us. (John 13:15) Ask yourself “can they see Jesus in me?”
- We can teach others in Bible classes, just as Jesus taught others the will of God. (Matt. 4:23) You could teach a children’s or women’s class. In most cases, you don’t even have to teach on your own. You could be a teaching helper.
- We can teach others through Bible study. God gave us His word and wants us to use it to teach others. (2 Tim. 3:16)
You might be thinking that you don’t know enough of God’s word to teach anyone. Well, everybody has a different set of experiences that makes their life different, unique. Your life differs from your mom’s life just like her life differs from her mom’s life. Therefore, you might have experienced something that you can use to help someone else. You may know just enough, so don’t let that scare you.
Everybody also has a different set of spiritual experiences and has different spiritual gifts. When I used to hear this passage:
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
I always used to wonder what my spiritual gift was and how I was supposed to figure it out. Now I understand that we can have more than one spiritual gift and that the matter of having spiritual gifts isn’t so black and white. That when we become a Christian and emerge from the waters of baptism, God wants us to learn, grow, and teach using the talents and abilities he gave us.
We can all lead, we can all serve, we can all give, we can all teach, we are all servants of Christ. Let’s not forget the great commission, “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.” (Matt. 28: 19-20) So, don’t think you’re cut out to teach? God thinks, and expects, otherwise. Get out there and grow in the gift of teaching that God’s given you.