Today is National Teacher’s Day (US). It is a time to recognize and show appreciation for our teachers. If you have a Bible teacher or mentor, it could be very encouraging to them to receive a note of thanks for the time and energy they have invested in your life.
But today I want to ask a question, “Are you a teacher?” In fact, God calls every believer to be a teacher.
Hebrews 5:12 says, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food.“
The writer was disappointed with the believers in Hebrews because they had become dull and lethargic in their faith. Instead of growing, they were stuck as babies, having to drink milk instead of eat solid food.
This verse has a very subtle, but very important, point which we need to explore. The implication is that after a period of time every believer should become a teacher in at least some capacity. The author (inspired by the Spirit) says that at this point they should be teachers. They should be passing on what they have learned and modeling it for others. Yet instead they are stuck in first gear and need to keep learning and re-learning the same basic points.
In Mark 5, Jesus meets a man possessed by a legion of demons. After casting the demons out the man wants to follow Jesus.
Mark 5:18-19 – As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
Jesus asked him to pass on what God had done for Him to others. He had been a believer for hours at the most. He had no seminary education, no formal training, no experience, and little knowledge. Instead he had a terrible reputation, to such an extent that people would have been scared at the sight of him. And yet, Jesus tells him to become a teacher, to tell others about Jesus.
What if he couldn’t answer all their questions? What if people wouldn’t listen to him?
He was not called to share what he did not know. It was OK if he didn’t know the answers to all the questions. He was called to share what he did know. And he had a powerful testimony of God’s work in his life. If he would be faithful to tell others what the “Lord has done,” then God would honor that and use his testimony to change lives.
So are you a teacher? You should be! You don’t need to have a Bible degree. You don’t have to be a pastor. You aren’t required to know all the answers. You need not have read the whole Bible. Instead God calls you to a simple task, tell others what God has done for you!
Today on Teacher’s Day find a teacher to say, “thanks” and find someone to share your testimony with.
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