16th December 2010

Effective Teachers

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”
Hebrews 5:12 (KJV)

I once heard a teacher say, “ I taught this class of students, but none of them learned the lesson”.  Of course, I think we can see that had the teaching been effective, the outcome would have been that learning would have taken place.

God’s purpose for those whom he has called is that we should grow in grace and knowledge so that we can then teach others (II Peter 3:18).  This is the purpose and the result of Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

But just how effective are we?  A prophecy about the future world to come is recorded in Isaiah 2:2-4. It says that the nations will not learn war any more, but will learn God’s way, the way of peace spoken of in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”

Can you imagine the nations in the world today—nations that are hostile, suspicious, full of animosity, not trusting neighbouring states—actually learning to be peaceful and harmonious?

Where will this learning come from? From teachers who themselves have learned to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).  Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…” (Matthew 11:28-30).  And Ephesians 4:13 finishes the thought thus:  “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

If we can learn our lessons now, we will be more effective teachers…big time!

Father in Heaven, as we look into your Word, help us to grow in grace and knowledge so that we will grow up into the stature of the fullness of Christ: able to live and teach the way of peace.

Study by Martin Brown

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