Why devotionals for Christian teachers' training?
Devotionals geared to Christian teachers promote the following benefits:
The Practice of Accountability
James 3:1 says "...we who teach will be judged more strictly." Teachers therefore need to be challenged to guard their words and examine their lives.
Devotionals will often help Bible teachers look at what's happening inside, at the core of their being, so their actions line up with God's desires. "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matt. 12:34). The heart, according to Proverbs 4:23, "is the wellspring of life."
-- Focus on the heart and you shouldn't have to fear accountability.
The Principle of Sowing & Reaping
"A man reaps what he sows" (Gal. 6:7-10). What a teacher sows into his/her own life will have a way of spilling out onto others. Those who do not take time for spiritual growth opportunities, or personal enrichment, will soon have little to offer.
Devotions should provide the teacher with a time of reflection about what they are sowing into their lives and teaching.
-- Focus on feeding your spirit and you will have something to share.
The Priority of Being Over Doing
God's recruitment criteria is the person of the heart, not one's skill or appearance. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7).
Devotionals can serve as reminders for Bible teachers that who they are matters to God, not just what they do. This kind of encouragement spills over into what they do in the classroom.
-- Focus on what's on the inside and you will soon be doing what you should do.
Using devotionals geared to teachers can encourage and enrich but also provide challenges sometimes needed to move to the next level not only in teaching but especially in one's walk with God.