I loved reading this article by Dr. Chuck Lawless on ThomRainer.com recently. As I was studying the Bible study James by Beth Moore, I was challenged again by James 3:1 as it relates to me as a teacher. As we lead women into God’s truths, these are some great reasons why we must be careful to teach according to the Holy Spirit’s leadership, constantly asking Him to lead us to truth that we can convey to others.
Let’s look at these 10 reasons as they relate to women teaching other women:
1. I will answer to God for what I say.
He is our primary audience. We teach because He has asked us to and we are obeying His call in our lives. Remember we speak His truth, His way and for His glory. We answer to Him alone for all we say.
2. What I do affects eternity.
Our desire is to offer truth that leads to eternal transformation. Salvation and sanctification are what our ministries are to focus on since discipleship is the core of the church and certainly women’s ministry.
3. I may have only one opportunity to speak truth to a hearer.
Whether a formal presentation or a providential conversation with another person, we never know if we will ever speak to these women again. Make the most of the time you have to share truth. God constantly convicts me regarding wasted minutes where I just want to be alone, quiet, or resting. I often miss opportunities that could have been a one-time discussion with a lost or hurting person.
4. It’s easier to talk about “stuff” than it is to teach the Word.
Our issues and life experiences are an important part of who we are and what we teach, but we must point back to the Word for answers to each concern or decision we must make. Does it line up with truth we see there? If not, then we are basing our decisions on something other than God’s Word.
5. At least for a few minutes, everybody is focused on me.
Do I really want women to know who I really am? What if I look stupid? What if no one responds? Remember No. 1 above. We must remember that the focus is on Him even if people are listening to us. Be vulnerable but be bold to teach as God leads.
6. I can teach in my own strength.
I’ve taught in my own strength, not beseeching the Holy Spirit’s covering as I shared a message. I’ve also taught knowing that only Holy Spirits power led me through each word. There is a big difference! I never want to share truth without having spent time asking God for direction and anointing.
7. Teaching puts my life under the microscope.
Others will look to see if our lives are supporting the words we say. If we do not seek to live out the convictions we say we hold to, others will know and it will invalidate what we say for sure. It’s not about perfection, it’s about our heart desire that will speak to others.
8. The devil attacks teachers.
This is not a surprise. The enemy hates God’s truth being spoken and shared. We must put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) daily, and ask others to pray as we speak to and lead women.
9. Somebody probably won’t like something about the message.
Keep in mind, it’s not our message, it’s God’s message. If the truth we share is rejected, it may feel like personal rejection, but actually it’s rejection of God’s Words not ours. If you are sharing what God has truly laid on your heart to share, then the results are up to Him, not us. We also often compare ourselves to other speakers and teachers we feel are more proficient, but God has called us to be us as we teach, not them. Be faithful to listen to Him on an ongoing basis so that each day you are modeling His ways.
10. Somebody will listen.
More than likely, someone listening will hear, accept and seek to live out the truth we teach. This is another reason we must humbly lay our lives before Christ first, and then seek to speak His truth to others.
What challenges you as you teach?