“Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Mt 28:20 NKJV
If God has called you to be a teacher in the church, here are three principles you need to live by: (1) Before you feed others, feed yourself. Don’t just go to the Bible for something to say, go for something to eat. Jeremiah said, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jer 15:16). People know when you’re saying things that are not a reality in your own life. It’s what Dr. John Maxwell refers to as “The law of the lid.” Nothing rises higher than its leadership! (2) Love people, but don’t cling to them. They are God’s people, not yours! Your assignment to them is for a reason and for a season; when it’s complete, release them into God’s care. Then get a life, and center it on Christ. (3) Truth is timeless, but methods are temporary. What got you to where you are won’t necessarily get you to where you need to be. To be “called” means you’ll always be moving from something, toward something. If what you’re doing isn’t working, seek God for fresh instructions. If your goal is to fit comfortably within the framework of where you started and make no waves, you’ll never enjoy what God has for you up the road. You can’t pray for growth and resist change. Do you know why Jesus healed blind people in different ways? So we’d never be able to say, “This the only way.” Acknowledging that keeps you sharp, keeps you humble, and keeps you credible as a leader.