The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable. Proverbs 15:2
A gifted teacher is hard to find. Many who feel called to be a teacher do little more than just share information. Their words may fill the air but how much of what they say is empowered by the Divine and goes straight into a man’s spirit? Sometimes, very little. That’s because knowledge is more than just passing on factual information.
- To teach successfully, I must have wisdom. That means, personally, I have come to the end my myself and recognized how desperate I am for God’s wisdom. Not only has God imparted it, but I learned it through obedience.
- To teach successfully, I must know people. I must understand the heart of a man and how he thinks, moves, and breathes with (or without) God. This begins with knowing myself.
- To teach successfully, I must be in tune with whether or not others are connecting with me. Blank stares, napping, and shifting in their seats…are not good signs.
- To teach successfully, I must know when the hearts of my listeners are ready to hear the message. There must be fertile ground for the seeds of truth to take root. A message delivered prematurely, even though it may be expertly crafted, will be wasted. I may as well have curled up at home with a good book.
- To teach successfully, I must know how to hear the voice of God’s Spirit while I’m teaching. As one who used to be chained to my notes, convinced I needed to have every “t” crossed and every “i” dotted, I am learning that God sometimes wants to tweak my messages during the actual delivery. If I don’t know how to hear Him and don’t have the guts to follow His lead, I will live in the bondage of perfectionism and forfeit the thrill of becoming larger than myself.
- Finally, to teach successfully, I must have passion and urgency. A relaxed and casual approach about critical spiritual matters don’t compel anyone to take them seriously. I must be more than a collection of casual anecdotes.
“You make Scripture come alive,” is one of the greatest comments a teacher will ever hear. God is looking for those who are willing to do their own rigorous heart preparation before ever taking the podium.
Becoming a Bible-scholar can not be a replacement for spending time with You, allowing You to teach me and mold me. No agendas other than Yours, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen