Were you the kid who asked 450 questions a day? Was your favorite word ‘why?’ Do you enjoy word games? Like studying and investigating facts? Then you just may have a ‘Teacher’ gift.
The Teachers have a keen intellectual capacity. They’re the ‘mind’ of the Body of Christ and a good deal of your spiritual maturity can be credited to the teachers in your life who left you not only with knowledge, but Godly wisdom as well.
So, is this your gift? Let’s look at some more hints.
Not everyone who teaches is a Teacher. Actually, the Teacher gift is more concerned with content than application. Those with this gift believe in truth so strongly that they have confidence in its ability to produce change. They are typically happy to research truth and convey it and then leave the personal application to othrs .
Teachers don’t typically have a large, diverse set of friends …they choose friends with common interests. They may not be the most social of people because the acquisition of information is more fun than visiting! They love learning about new things. A Google search can lead them on a day-long exploration of new knowledge.
We desperately need these minds in our midst for one major reason. They diligently search for truth and in validating it, help all of us stay close to God’s Word. They are guardians of Truth, and come unglued when Scripture is used out of context!
When they present truth, it’s not convoluted and confusing, but logical and systematic. It’s so much better for us to have a Teacher whose message is straight as an arrow, than someone who, in the interest of drawing a crowd, deviates from God’s absolutes. We are in desperate need of Godly Teachers today.
If this gift strikes a familiar chord with you, make sure you are using it for God’s Kingdom. Start with a Bible study …make yourself and your gift available to the body of Christ.
Here’s your spiritual calling:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19,20 ESV
Next week: The Exhorter