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Mar 21, 2022 18:30pm
Called to Teach
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Teaching is a higher calling, wouldn’t you agree? I think every parent who has been thrown into the world of homeschooling, trying to navigate online resources and AMI packets, realizes the importance of teachers.

A teacher is more than just someone who informs you. They must first be knowledgeable in the subject. Then they have to know their audience to determine their teaching style. You wouldn’t teach a 1st grader the same way you would a 6th grader. As they learn their students, they also have to find ways to help those that are struggling. They become counselors, friends, holding their students accountable, and even discipling when necessary.

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man has any matters to do, let him come unto them. And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.” (Exodus 24:12-18)

God called Moses to teach the people His commandments. This calling was not just a suggestion or an offer, it was a role that Moses was made for. The Lord knew the people needed a teacher and who was better to teach them than the man they had followed, the one who led them daily?

It wasn’t going to be easy. I’m sure Moses had a gazillion other things on his plate. He was the leader so he probably had issues to take care of, making sure everyone had food, land to care for, and then God calls and throws this at him? How would you have reacted?

Moses answered the call and obeyed the Lord. No questions. No complaining, no whining, no crying, no denying that this “isn’t my job”… he just obeyed. He knew teaching these people wouldn’t be easy. I mean these are the Israelites! These people are known for not listening, not doing what God wants and back talking.

But he still obeyed.

So here’s the part where we come in.

God didn’t just call Moses to teach. He called all of us to be teachers.

You heard me.

Our responsibility, our reasonable service as a Christian, is to share the gospel, to make disciples. So just like a teacher, we must become knowledgeable in the subject. We have to study the word. Then, we have to know our audience to determine our teaching style. We also have to find ways to help those that are struggling. We become counselors, friends, holding our students accountable, and even discipling when necessary.

So, who are the pupils? Who are we teaching?

Your children first.

The moment you became a parent, your teaching career began. You can fight me to the death if you want and tell me it’s not your job, you aren’t cut out for this or that’s what teachers are paid for, but I will still point you to the Lord and His will.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:” (Psalm 78:4-7)

Teaching is a higher calling. We have been called. This year could prove to be one of the hardest we’ve ever known. But your children need you. I don’t know your situation. You could be struggling to work and you have no idea what to do with your children if school doesn’t go back or is canceled. Let God’s words penetrate your heart today. In the morning, teach them Jesus. In the evening, teach them Jesus. Study His word and live out an example for them. They learn in so many ways, soaking it up like little sponges. They need you to teach them the truth.

God has called us to teach. Are we answering the call as Moses did by simply obeying? Or are we looking for excuses or a way out?

You can do this. God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

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