Do not become teachers in large numbers, my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a stricter judgment. – James 3:1
I love to teach. Sometimes I think it is in my “gene pool.” My mother was a teacher. My brother was a teacher. My father wasn’t a professional teacher, but he did a lot of public speaking. Teaching, for me, has always been one of the more enjoyable aspects of ministering (in general) and pastoring (specifically). To see someone grasp a spiritual truth for the first time is very rewarding. Of course, as much as I enjoyed it (and still do), handling God’s Word accurately has always come with some heartfelt concern.
Well, two reasons. First, I am accountable to God for “what” I teach. Is it biblically accurate? Is it true to His purposes and attributes? Have I represented Him well? Second, I am accountable to God for “who” I teach? Am I leading those who I am teaching to a greater understanding of Christ? To a deeper relationship with Him? If they follow what I present will it result in a greater understanding of their Lord and Savior?
Teachers must be careful not to stumble in either case, for when the time comes to stand before our risen Christ, we will be held to account for how we handled both.
Rest assured that the most fervid revivalism will wear itself out in mere smoke if it be not maintained by the fuel of teaching. Sound teaching is the best protection for the heresies which ravage right and left among us. – Charles Spurgeon