Principles Of Great Teachers

These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. — John 14:25-26

This is precisely what a great teacher does. With foresight, they see that certain moments lend themselves to teaching, mentoring, and instruction that will have a future effect. They understand that sometimes teaching does not have an immediate effect. And while sometimes their teaching feels pointless, they still proceed, uttering and repeating it with the awareness that the impact will only be realized in the future. Thus, with forethought, great teachers instruct now for later, realizing that it will be remembered at some point in the future.

So here are some pointers based on the action of Jesus in this text. First, engage daily in the discipline and practice of teaching because we are all teachers. Second, focus your teaching on lessons that will stand the test of time, and nothing stands the test of time like the teaching and principles of the bible. Third, teach even when you feel it's pointless and keep saying it. And last, remember, the Holy Spirit teaches, convicts, reminds, and points people to God even when we feel our points are pointless.


1. How can you incorporate the discipline of daily teaching, just as Jesus did, into your own life? Are there ways you might be already acting as a teacher without realizing it?

2. In moments when you feel like your teachings or guidance are falling on deaf ears, how can you find solace in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is at work, teaching, convicting, reminding, and pointing people to God?

DO THIS: Keep teaching.

PRAY THIS: Heavenly Father, guide me to embrace the role of a teacher in my daily life, finding strength and patience even when my words seem unheeded, and let me rest in the assurance that Your Spirit works tirelessly to instruct and direct. Help me focus on the timeless teachings and principles of the Bible, and use me to pass them on to others, trusting in Your perfect timing and plan. Amen.

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8 thoughts on “Principles Of Great Teachers

  1. Chad Husted says:

    thx for the great encouragement today Vince. i needed to hear this as sometimes it feels like my efforts to teach & share are in vain. who hears it? maybe only one. at the very least, by teaching/ sharing I know I learn a lot more and it helps me be better!

    • Vince Miller says:


      Your honesty’s a breath of fresh air! Remember, if only one hears and is moved closer to Jesus, your efforts are never in vain. Your growth through teaching is a blessing in itself. Stay faithful; God’s using you in ways you may not even see!

  2. gonzalo correa says:

    Amen brother Vince!

    Thank you for sharing it this way that we may be inclined to keep on reading, learning, and be brought to remembrance of the Lord Jesus daily.

    Just shared this verses and a prayer to my brothers in the faith in which I am a servant leader of that they may stay in the Word.

  3. Chris Caliguire says:

    A friend said to me recently, “you always seem to be picking me apart”. We have to watch that……I always pray that my discernment doesn’t turn to unright “judging”. Although when I do rebuke it’s with a spirit of, how can we do better, versus being mean and discard. So I replied to that person, “naming yourself as Christian or member of a Church, should leave you open to not only encouragement, but correction. And the correction is meant to help. Even you saying that you feel picked apart is teaching me to be more careful, so thank you. Conversely, we need to count the cost of following the Lord even if at the time we don’t want correction.” Hopefully I didn’t use that verse out of context….. Thank you Vince for all that you do 😊

  4. trent says:

    Much needed reminder. I often feel as if my efforts are in vain or in error when I do not see immediate results or fruit from them. Forgive me Lord for expecting your will to match up with my timing and expectations. My life, my family, my finances. All at your feet Lord. May it bring glory to you.

  5. Cory D says:

    Great encouragement Vince. Sometimes as guys we like to “keep score” and get frustrated when we don’t put one in the win column. We may never see the results of the seeds we plant, but that shouldn’t stop us from preparing the soil. Sorry for the mixed sports and farming metaphor!

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