Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)
Teaching overseas is a fantastic opportunity for both recent graduates and veteran Canadian teachers. The secret to its popularity is great pay, professional development, cultural experience and travel. These benefits have encouraged many Canadian teachers to look for teaching jobs overseas. While some teachers just go for a year and love it, others make an international career out of globetrotting. Either way, international teaching is an amazing way to travel and get paid well to do it.
The Christian life is one of obedience. We can’t simply put our faith in Jesus and then go on living any way we want. If our faith in Jesus is real, it will impact the way we live and interact with others. Paul deals with this in his first letter to his young friend Timothy. He writes this in 1 Timothy 6:17: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” The word in Greek that is translated here as “command” can also be translated “instruct.” Timothy, and we, are called to instruct younger believers to live in such a way that they represent Jesus in every way. There is no place in the Christian life for arrogance and trust in material possessions. Jesus’ life was marked by humility and simplicity and ours must be as well. If you are a mentor of others, or in a teaching role, you must call those you deal with to live out their faith consistently, becoming more and more like Jesus every day.
These have been words from the heart.