Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach...
The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as One Who had authority, not as the teachers of the Law.
As I head toward my 60th birthday, I still remember my best teachers. When I was 8 years old, it was Mrs. Meriweather. When I was 10, Mrs. Boger. In high school, Mr. Gasque. They were kind and wise. Each one made me feel valued and worthy to learn. By them, I reached higher.
Occasionally, I had a bad teacher: someone who was arrogant, mean or just plain wrong. In between the bad and the best were the rest. Their hearts weren't in it, so neither was mine. Perhaps they were distracted or depressed. Perhaps teaching was a paycheck instead of a passion.
God says teaching is leading. Therein, it carries responsibility of great importance: 'We who teach will be judged more strictly' (James 3:1). 'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48).
By all accounts, Jesus was an amazing Teacher. He spoke with God's Own Spirit. He scoffed at pretentious airs and met people where they were. He sounded like a Boss, loved like a Brother and acted like a Servant. 'Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart' (Matthew 11:29).
He made time for us. He went out of His way to help us. He asked less of us than He gave of Himself. So must we do for others.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: teaching is part of your destiny. Do it first by example and later by word. Be soft-hearted teachers:
'A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth...' (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
Act like you teach and teach like you act: hip and cool, loving and accepting, truthful and real. Don't avoid teaching. Just do it kindly.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.