by Stan Mitchell

“The only thing more expensive than getting an education is not getting an education” (Anonymous).

“Seeing the crowds he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them saying …” (Matthew 5:1,2).

In this way Matthew begins his account of the Sermon on the Mount. The greatest person who ever lived was a teacher.

The greatest thing anyone can do today is teach God’s ways. It might be to three-year-olds, their eyes shining with the attention they receive, it might be to teenagers, trying so hard to act cool, barely concealing their sense of inferiority.

It might be to adults, a few at a time or in throngs, as Jesus did.

A school teacher reaches decades into the life of her children, and far more than that when her children have children of their own. What a difference she makes!

But a Bible teacher reaches into eternity.

Do you teach Bible classes? Thank you! Would you like to? Let me know, please. Do you feel you need help? Talk to me. We can put you in a classroom with a more experienced teacher.

Do you remember what the biblical standard for a mature Christian was?

The Hebrew writer said it was the ability, and willingness to teach: (Hebrews 5:11-14, ESV).

How wonderful is it when a professional teacher lends her training and experience to teaching at her local congregation. How wonderful when she shares her expertise with we amateurs!

How wonderful when a teacher persists (in spite of weariness and criticism) for decades in this task. How wonderful is it when a teacher grows, develops his craft, and does this for the Lord’s glory!

Jesus wore some wonderful names. They called him “Lord” and “Savior,” but perhaps most of all, they called him “Rabbi” –teacher (John 1:41). We could do well to follow that example.

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