James 3:1 (KJV) 1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
This sounds like trying to dissuade believers from becoming masters, leaders, or teachers. The obvious reason is given: those who are have greater responsibilities, greater accountabilities, greater condemnation or stricter judgment.
The way the chapter progresses is very interesting; it’s followed by quite a strong discourse about how uncontrollable our tongues are. Connecting the introductory passage about being very cautious in aspiring to be leaders/teachers, to the context, we may say that since words of leaders/teachers matter a lot and carry a lot of weight and influence, we ought to really consider and really pray earnestly if it’s something we truly desire for ourselves and it’s a weight we we’re willing to carry on our shoulders.
For us leaders/teachers, we are all the more watchful of our tongues. We can never underestimate the damage it would cause. That’s why we avoid engaging in conversations about disputable matters. Often, those conversations lead us to speaking derogatorily—cursing—our brothers and sisters with the very same lips we praise our Lord and Father with. We are called to be humble even in the use of our words. We are to conduct ourselves with wisdom that flows from above—the kind of wisdom that’s peace-loving and gentle at all times. We ought to be peacemakers.
How sad that leaders/teachers have engendered many of our quarrels and divisions in the body of our precious and loving Lord Jesus because of our very incendiary words against each other. To the leaders, I implore: let’s watch our words. Let them be words of love, truth, unity, humility, and peace. If I’m not willing to humble myself, I would rather not lead and teach.
2 Timothy 3:14 (KJV) 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them
God has gifted us with faithful teachers—knowledgeable, wise, reliable, and trustworthy teachers. They practiced what they preached. Much of the essential knowledge we possess we learned from them.
I’m grateful to the Lord for allowing me to sit under teachers who have guided me into truths that I still live by to this day. The Lord brought them to my life for my salvation and growth, both in knowledge and Christlikeness. When I first learned from them, I believed because I trusted their faithfulness to the Word. Eventually, my beliefs were reinforced because as I personally grew in my relationship with God’s Word, the more I saw how credible my God-given teachers were.
They may not even be aware of it, but I’ve held on. They have become an indelible part of my life and ministry. I’ve imparted much of what I’ve learned from them to others who are also now teaching other teachers. Thank You Lord for providing me with faithful teachers. Thank you pastors and teachers for your faithfulness to your call through which I was blessed much.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV) 10Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
We desire to effectively and efficiently disciple our brothers and sisters in Jesus. We want to do the best we can to help each other grow in our walk. And spending time with each other is essential to this. Discipleship somehow works better when our disciples see us and are able to not only read and hear about what we teach, but see how we exemplify our teachings. They see how our beliefs transform us from glory to glory.
We all still need to grow. Each one still has this “gaps in faith” that are slowly filled through continuous learning of the Word. God has provided us each other. God is an omniscient Father desiring to teach us, instruct us, lead us and guide us. He left us with the written Word and sent us His Holy Spirit as more than sufficient helps in this. He wants us to live the best life we can live—one that’s fruitful, growing, and powerful,
We need divine guidance. Forks in the road are everywhere; convincing voices abound; it’s very easy to stray from the straight and narrow. We humbly admit: as long as we’re on earth, even to the best of our abilities, we’ll continue having blind spots—gaps in faith. It’s just right that we first and foremost humble ourselves and receive faithful instructions from those our loving Father provide as our disciplers. Then freely we give what we freely receive. As we’re helped decrease our faith gaps, we help others to do the same. Altogether we grow in our doctrine and practice. Deceptions come, hardships hit, but we remain straight and strong.
Acts 14:23 (KJV) 23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
The Lord’s yoke is wonderfully easy and His burden is delightfully light. He always provides ways, means, and people to come alongside us and alleviate our heavy loads. We don’t have to unnecessarily stress though life; God would rather have us enjoy it, that’s why He has given us everything for life, godliness, and enjoyment. He’s such a good Father. One of the ways He lightens our overwhelming tasks is by raising other able leaders to take on responsibilities which otherwise would be ours.
At times it’s very difficult to let go of some work; we’d rather do them ourselves, especially those of us who have some kind of perfectionist slant. We want to do them as perfectly as possible. When we delegate projects, there is always the possibility of them falling short of our “high” standards. We’ve experienced this many times over. There’s always the possibility of them seeing and valuing the work differently. The details we see as very important may be seen by others in totally devalued level. It’s often hard to trust others and to entrust valuable tasks to them. But we still delegate. Why? It’s because our trust is in the Lord; we trust the Lord for them.
If the work they do is below par, well then, perhaps it may not be necessary for their work to be “perfect” as we expect. This doesn’t mean entrusting something to someone who doesn’t know anything. No; we entrust them to others who we know do the job well. Often, these are people we’ve mentored. This takes on an infinitely much greater importance when the task has to do with the eternal, heavenly, and spiritual. We don’t compromise this; souls are too much to risk. We disciple people; we guard them “like a hawk,” and watch them “like an eagle.” I’m not too sure about those expressions, but you understand what I mean. We faithfully mentor believers to healthy growth. One day, they’ll receive the baton from us, and when that day comes, they’re ready. We entrust very crucial roles to them; we trust God for them; our load lightens, and we’re released to venture farther.