In my mind's eye, I can see their faces, their hands reaching out toward me and their voices crying out, "Teacher, will you help me?"
I always would, you know. They were my students and I was their teacher. Sometimes, I would sit down with them and carefully re-teach them. Other times I would clarify questions they would have. Sometimes, I knew they didn't need my guidance for they already knew what to do. They simply lacked self-confidence and they needed to be encouraged to step out and take a risk.
In his response to a comment I made in regards to divisive topics in Christianity on his blog entitled Two Distinct Reconciliatory Works @tchable wrote:
It is strange isn't it? Not only concerning reconciliation but "everything." At times it seems we are using different textbooks. This shouldn't be.
As I thought about that, it occurred to me that perhaps the "textbook" is not the problem. After all, we are often going round and round using the Word of God and sometimes we are even using the same verses and coming up with completely different interpretations!
The problem is not the "textbook". We know it is right and true. Though some may disagree with me, I believe that God does not EVER contradict Himself. That would make Him a liar. I believe that any discrepancies or errors we believe that we find in the Word of God are a result of our own misinterpretations and errors... not God's. If we truly believe that the Word of God is indeed "The Word of God" then any error must be on our part, not God's. The term "partly true" is an oxymoron. If something is "partly true" than it is false and not true.
On the eve of his betrayal and arrest, John later records Jesus as saying:
But the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 (KJ21)
Some versions translate "comforter" as "helper". The Holy Spirit both helps and comforts us. He is also our teacher.
God is not the author of confusion or discord. When we are at odds with one another, something is very clear. Someone (whether it be one, several or all parties) is not paying attention to "The Teacher". Instead of bringing our problems and issues to Him and allowing Him to teach us what is right and true, we decide that we are "The Teacher" and that God has appointed us to teach or enlighten everyone else.
I have heard these very words written before here at CB! How arrogant we are! We are not "The Teacher", the Holy Spirit is and if He chooses to allow us the privilege of sharing what He has taught us with our fellow classmates, we should be very humbled and grateful that He allows us to take part. We should also proceed with our appointed task very carefully, checking with Him constantly to make sure we are doing it right.
There were times in my classroom when I would appoint "assistant teachers". These were students who I knew had a good understanding of the skill or concept I was trying to teach. I had a two-fold purpose for using these assistant or student teachers. The first reason was obvious. I had 27 students. Sending out "helpers" was a more effective way to help more students in a limited amount of time.
There is another reason though, that a teacher does this. The teacher knows that the best way to reinforce and remember what has been learned is to have the student teach what they have learned to someone else. This is true for us as Christians as well. When we share what the Holy Spirit has taught us it reinforces it in our minds and we are less apt to forget it. In fact, we begin to build upon that foundation and become life-long learners.
A good teacher is always a life-long learner, eager for opportunities to learn more each day. A poor teacher believes they know it all and therefore do not need to learn. As Christians we must realize that we do NOT know everything nor can we ever achieve that level of knowledge. We are not the Holy Spirit. Instead we must become life-long learners, eagerly clamoring for the Holy Spirit to teach us and to help us, teaching others as He directs but always remembering to seek for and listen to His instruction and guidance. We must remember who the Teacher really is.
Well said. It is so important that we submit to the authority of the Teacher. For He has the answer key.
As a teacher I often chose "teacher's helpers" to assist because they can articulate information on their level and they have already made the connection to the lesson. As Christians we must use our experiences to uplift and encourage others.
Successful teachers seek out new opportunities.
Unsuccessful teachers often remain stagnant.
I agree that we should all just "get along". we are all Christians and all imperfect. Let's all learn from each other - kind of like working in groups in the classroom :) - bibleguy