Pointing To Jesus
James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
The reason Paul gave us this warning is that when we step up to teach, we are now accepting accountability for everyone we teach. In saying that, we better be absolutely sure of what we are teaching, (that is, being led by the Holy Spirit) we better make sure that we know God’s word before we share it with others from a teaching position.
2 Timothy 2:15 STUDY to shew thyself APPROVED unto God, a workman that needeth NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY dividing the word of truth.
Paul instructs Timothy in the things that he needed to instruct those of the church. Then he follows his instructions to Timothy with this:
1 Timothy 4:6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, NOURISHED IN THE WORDS OF FAITH and of the GOOD DOCTRINE which you have CAREFULLY FOLLOWED.
I cannot begin to emphasize enough the importance of studying and knowing God’s word! Once again as Paul was instructing Timothy, he expressed the importance of such:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that THE MAN OF GOD may be COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for every good work.
Notice how Paul keeps going back to this key principal:
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready IN AND OUT OF SEASON. (how could someone be ready always without KNOWING the word) Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
If we step into the wrong calling we will stumble and perhaps cause others to stumble also. That is why Peter tells us this in:
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election SURE, for if you do these things you will NEVER STUMBLE.
(If we take the position of Spiritual leadership, it is a 24/7 commitment) Paul says this to the church of Ephesus:
Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to WALK worthy of the calling with which you were called.
Paul expresses it this way to the church at Philippi:
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, a pattern.
Again, Paul brings this up, speaking to Titus:
Titus 2:6-8 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober minded, in ALL THINGS showing yourself to be a PATTERN of good works; in doctrine showing INTEGRITY, REVERENCE, INCORRUPTIBILITY, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having NOTHING evil to say of you.
As a leader, we lead by “personal example”, whether we are aware of it or not. Does your personal example cause others to want to follow it? Not just in a teaching environment, but in everyday life. Are you in touch enough with your own tendencies to have confidence in how others might follow you?
Paul was laying out the standards for leaders to Timothy and said:
1 Timothy 3:7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those OUTSIDE [the church], lest he become involved in slander and incur reproach and fall into the devil’s trap. (Amplified Bible)
In order to lead, we need to live as a leader in every part of our life. To be well thought of by those outside does not necessarily mean “liked” by them, but respected because of our stand for what we believe in. Most of us know how easy it is to fall into the devil’s traps of this world.
Paul mentions a life application that all need to do, but as a teacher it is not anything to strive for, but something to be actively doing prior to teaching others. Paul tells us this in:
Colossians 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are ABOVE, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT on the things on the earth.
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