By Pastor Lee Hemen
August 19, 2008
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
The last time I used this verse I wrote about speaking, today I am going to write on teaching. There are a lot of people who think they can teach and there are those who are trained teachers. But not every trained teacher nor those who think they can teach, can teach, and especially when it concerns spiritual truths. We see this dramatically in our public school system whereby there are those who gain their Master’s degree to teach, but are not good at conveying and imparting knowledge to their “captive” audience. I have seen this occur with pastors as well. A diploma does not insure a good teacher. Much of teaching is talent, however, for the believer teaching is an ongoing practice. Why? Wherever the believer goes, whatever they do, and whoever they are with they are teaching others about Jesus Christ. They do so by simply being there. Their actions, attitudes, and knowledge of the Truth of God displays for the world just what they actually believe about God, the Lord, and creation. This is why Jesus related that although we cannot judge another as far as their eternal destiny is concerned, when someone says that they are a “Christian” fellow believers have the responsibility, as does the world, to judge their actions, attitudes, and knowledge of the Truth.
When a politician states they are a “Christian,” then there is an expectation of certain core beliefs and practices. God is to be honored above all other things, human life is to be considered a sacred gift, the world is to be held in intelligent stewardship by its masters, and we are to treat others with grace and respect. Loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loving others as you love yourself is to be the Christian’s life goal. So, if you say you are a “Christian” you simply will “teach” others by everything you are about Jesus. Would Jesus willingly take an unborn life? Would Jesus not demand personal responsibility? Would Jesus want to help those that are truly poor or needy? Would Jesus honor God the Father above everything He did? Would Jesus ask and honest day’s work? Would He find time to pray, read the Bible, and get away with His heavenly Father? Would Jesus be part of a local congregation where He served, tithed, and worshipped God without any prejudice? Would Jesus tell others about the saving knowledge of God? You know He did all of these and more. In fact for the Christian it would mean never lying, cheating, stealing, lusting, sinning, committing murder in thought or using foul language, being drunk, sexually promiscuous, practicing any form of idol worship, witchcraft, astrology, homosexuality, abuse, or wanting personal credit, honoring God and others above yourself. So, when someone, especially a politician says they are “Christian,” do their lives display a Christlikeness or are they simply mouthing platitudes for the public? The same holds true for you if you say you believe in Jesus. Are you merely full of Christian clichés or can you truly teach others about Christ because He definitely lives in you and has transformed your very being whereby you live and breathe Him? Oh, I pray the latter is true. This is why Paul could boldly write Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
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