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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