With both study groups now in full swing, my blog-posting time has dwindled, which is a bummer, as I truly enjoy the posting process, but I also enjoy teaching, so something will have to take a backseat for a little while. I suppose it’s obvious as to what that will be 🙂
While preparing for tomorrow’s lesson in James 3, I was once again reminded of the seriousness involved in teaching God’s Word.
“Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards.” The Message
As a teacher, this verse stops me in my tracks. Am I handling the Word accurately? Am I living it consistently (not perfectly!)? Am I taking it in, as well as giving it out, in order to be a living stream of truth and not a stagnant pool of yesterday’s experiences?
Tough, but necessary questions. Looking back, though, what I found to be most interesting was that I never questioned as to whether or not I should even be a teacher.
It had nothing to do with pride. The moment the Lord wants to use me elsewhere is the day I’ll move on, but it does have everything to do with His calling on my life. I eat, sleep, and dream about teaching. I love it! And at this moment, I can’t imagine doing anything else, even with sobering scripture that defines the foundation of this calling.
I sense a sweet confirmation from my Father that even though I fail miserably in many ways, He continues to invite, encourage, and lead me (as with all His children) down the right path, tough questions and all.