Words from the Heart for Friday June 19th, 2020
If you are a teacher, teach well.
Romans 12:7b (NLT)
Education has always been an important part of life in Canada. Early immigrants wanted their children to flourish in the new country, and during the 18th and early 19th centuries, the family remained the unrivalled setting for education. Few children in what was then British North America received formal instruction either from tutors or in schools. The pattern began to change during this period, however, as the British government looked to education as a way of promoting cultural identification with Protestantism, the English language, and British customs.
My mom was a teacher. I have two sons and a daughter-in-law who are teachers. I taught school for two years before going back to school to study for the ministry. Teaching is a big part of my family. It’s a honourable profession. After all, Jesus was called Rabbi, the Hebrew word for teacher, many times. The Gospels are the record of His teaching and His disciples would go on to live out all that He taught. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the Body of Christ is the teacher. Romans 12:7b says, “If you are a teacher, teach well.” It is a simple statement, but one that those gifted as teachers need to take seriously. Teachers need to fan into flame the gift that they have received. Study the Word of God regularly and deeply. As you do, pray that the Lord would reveal to you the truth of what God has placed in the Bible. Study the Gospels and learn how Jesus taught. The Body of Christ needs you to step up and teach well.
These have been words from the heart.