Now, before you get all excited, I know that teaching is never SIMPLE! I have taught and really get that. But there was a time in my life when I thought I knew it all! Imagine that. Funny thing, the older I get, the less I realize I really know.
When I was in college, I studied and gathered all the information I could about great teachers and philosophers. There were many theories on learning and child psychology. I was going to be an incredible educator. After all, I had two teaching certificates, a college diploma and knowledge galore.
Ahem, then I entered the classroom. I had a classroom full of junior high and senior high boys. Somehow all that knowledge did not help. I needed to love these kids. My professors never told me that part.
Jesus. Now there was our role model for teaching. The professors never mentioned him either. He taught in the temple when he was 12. He taught the disciples in parables…stories that they could relate to. And how, because of the love of God. I had to surrender to that love with those boys.
All teachers have a goal, a plan, a reason for teaching. Jesus was indeed the Master Teacher. His goal was salvation and the love of God for believers. He met people right smack dab where they were in the middle of their life!
Matthew 7:9-12 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
I can just see the face of that mother giving her little boy a bite of fish….thinking, “of course I would never give him a snake, are you kidding?”
Jesus was never patronizing, he always taught with love, compassion and tenderness. ( Although I sometimes wonder if when he was teaching the disciples he got a little tired of repeating! Peter was probably one of those kids….) Yet, He loved them passionately.
The ultimate teacher, Jesus. He was our example. We are all teachers of the love of God. He met them where they were…He loved them unconditionally.
If we rest and abide in Him, we will give us the words, peace and love when we need it. Being led by the Holy Spirit dwelling within!! Teacher or nurse, stay at home or bus driver…we are all teachers in one way or another. It is simple really…love.
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV*