I hope everyone had a great week and are looking forward to the Lord’s day tomorrow. What a wonderful privilege it is to be in God’s house with God’s people hearing God’s Word proclaimed and experiencing God at work in our life and seeing it in the lives of others. As we reflect on how we are so blessed, let’s also remember that the spiritual gift(s) that he has bestowed on each one of us are to be used to minister to others so that even more people will come to know Him as Savior and Lord. Last week we saw how the gift of serving plays a tremendous role in achieving that objective and discussed the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of someone who is blessed with that gift. It too is to be used for service to others but it also must be used wisely and appropriately. And again, for those of you who may have this gift, use it for the edification of the church and to the glory of God.
In this post we are going to take a look at the next gift in our list of the motivational gifts below. The gift of teaching is another wonderful gift and I can assure you that my life has been personally impacted through the years by numerous people who had or now has that gift. It is also worth noting that Jesus also displayed this gift over and over as he exercised it on a daily basis with his disciples. Even the Jewish elite rulers recognized Jesus was a teacher although they still plotted to kill Him.
- Teaching ***
It doesn’t take very long to recognize someone who has the gift of teaching. And on the other hand is also very obvious when one doesn’t have the gift. To tell you the truth, I have been in Sunday School classes where the “teacher’ did not possess the gift of teaching and I’m sad to say that sometimes they themselves did not recognize that they didn’t have the gift. So, what is the real motivation for someone who does have the gift of teaching? The basic motivational drive of someone with this gift is to ‘discover and validate truth’ and are always ready to share what they know. Teachers are very sensitive to doctrinal integrity, they have great research skills, and they are sincere. The following characteristics are usually exhibited by one who has this gift.
- They constantly search for truth.
- They study diligently, paying close attention to the wording and the context of scripture.
- They help keep the Church focused on truth.
- They stay alert to false doctrine and never honor experience over the authority of Scripture.
- They question anything that seems inaccurate. This motivates them to search out the answers in scripture needed to establish truth.
Teachers have several strengths that serve them well in their passion for the pursuit and guarding of the truth. They do a lot research to gain information and insights into scripture. They are very passionate about correcting error. They place strong emphasis on the original language and it’s meaning. They have excellent study habits and faithfully study the Word of God. They solve problems by studying more and are diligent, steadfast and sincere.
Believers with the gift of teaching also can have a number of weaknesses they need to be on guard about. They are sometimes tempted to equate or confuse knowledge with wisdom and sometimes they may concentrate more on facts than people. They are not pleased when other instructors use illustrations to get attention. They easily reject illustrations that are not biblical and condemn them as irrelevant and distracting. Sometimes they are tempted to be prideful and have a condescending attitude towards those that don’t have the gift. They can be impractical, analytical and unemotional and are usually not interested in social events which makes them appear to be snobbish. They can have a tendency to give more information than is requested and therefore be boring to the listener.
We can again see with the gift of teaching it also has its place in the edification of the body. We also see that it is very important for someone with this gift to focus on the strengths and to be very aware and alert of the weaknesses. With the proper balance the exercising of the gift of teaching certainly can build up the body of Christ by using it to minster and serve others. And I as I said last week, I thank God for those to whom He has given this gift and if you are one of them I thank you for your willingness to use it in the service of others. To God be the glory!
Next week the focus will be on the gift of exhortation. I pray that God does something in your life this week that you will never forget. Look for ways to serve others and I know He will be glorified. And again, remember to thank Him for all He has done and continues to do. That is my prayer for you and myself.
“What if you woke up today with only those things you thanked God for yesterday?”