Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Make Yourself an Example

Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
(Titus 2:7-8, HCSB)

You are in a fish bowl as a teacher. Everyone, from the people in your group to the people in the community, is watching to see how you conduct your life. When you identify yourself as a Bible teacher you are expected to live at a higher level of accountability. Personally consider:
  • Your works. Are your works good examples to your group? Your works should spur your group to do good works.
  • Your teaching. Does your daily lifestyle reflect integrity and dignity? If it does, your group will listen to what you have to say when you teach.
  • Your message. There is a difference between teaching and message. Message relates to the mission you live by. Your life is your message. What kind of message are you sending to the people you interact with daily? Is your message one that reflects the hope found in Christ?  If it is, not only will your group enjoy the fruit of your message, but anyone who opposes you will be put to shame because your message will be beyond reproach.
Father, I pray that we, as teachers of Your Word, will strive to be an example of good works so that our teaching and our message will be used by You to transform our group and bring shame on our opponents.