Next Tuesday, I get to do one of the things that I really enjoy. Yes, it’s going back to seminary – not as a student this time – but as a visiting professor. And that is a role that I cherish. I can’t think of anything I enjoy more that teaching God’s word – well, except maybe learning more about God’s word.
I have already studied in seminary a number of years and I have to tell you, it wasn’t enough. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to learn enough about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I listen to daily podcasts from Dallas Theological Seminary and even attend chapel, infrequently, at the school I used to attend. It is important that when you are immersed in the things of the world that you stay connected to those people in your life you are truly God centered and can provide air cover for you – keeping you centered in your faith life. It’s only a short distance from studying God’s word to getting sidetracked by the corporate world.
To be invited back to teach again is quite a privilege for me. I generally get to teach on leadership styles and how to determine how you were wired by God. It’s a topic that is dear to me and was the subject of a great deal of my doctoral work years ago. In fact, I still teach these topics in the secular world so it will be great to be able to overlay the foundation of the whole thing – God’s design for our lives.
I always provide the students with assessments that help them determine with a little more certainty how they can engage with others in their ministries and their secular jobs. And it’s not like I am trying to teach Greek or Hebrew – I know the leadership material from years of practice. If I am fortunate, I may even attract several other professors to come and sit in on the class. Then, one week later, I get to finish the mini series I will be conducting.
Jesus thought highly of teachers. He Himself was a Rabbi, and taught the disciples as well as the throngs of people across the countryside. Paul, a convert whose ministry was to the Gentiles, was quite a teacher as well – and that was in addition to his role as Founding Pastor of many churches that he started on his missionary journeys.
The verse for this evening is from Galatians 6:6, “Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.” In this short passage, Paul reminds us to honor those who have taught us. I think about that almost every day. I still stay in touch with the teachers and mentors who trained me in the word of God. My encouragement this evening is that you should continue to study the Bible. You will never be able to learn it all and nothing but good can come from learning more about our Lord and Savior. My prayer is that God will plant the seed in your heart to want to continue to learn more about Him. After all, to grow closer and have a deeper relationship, it is mandatory that you invest the time. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…