Be-Attitudes for Teachers: A Devotional for Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (1 Cor. 4:2)
To what are you committed?
That is where you will invest your time and energy.
IF Committed to . . .
Teachers are usually challenged to examine their level of commitment. Perhaps the better objective is to focus on the right target. The ability to maintain your commitment may depend on that to which you are committed.
To what are you committed as a teacher?While the task of communicating the Word of God is pivotal, is it enough to be committed to that task? Isn't it too easy to forget about that task until it is time to prepare again?
When Jesus responded to the Pharisees' question about which commandment was the most important commitment to keep, He did not answer with a specific task. Rather, He focused on relationship.
- First be committed to the Lord. Loving God and bringing glory and honor to His name is the greatest commitment.
- Then focus on people. Love others with the same level of commitment to which you cater to your own needs and wants. (Matt. 22:37-39)
Far too often teaching seems to reflect a commitment to ourselves rather than to others. We don't want to be inconvenienced. We don't want to step out of our comfort zones. We guard our time. We get wrapped up in the self-conscious pursuit of how good we are coming across.
What is perceived to be a lack of commitment
may actually be misplaced commitment.
When we are truly committed to loving our students and to helping them grow, we are willing to experience some inconvenience. We are willing to sacrifice some of our time. Teachers committed to their pupils faithfully execute the entrustment given to them. Teaching is no longer a time specific task but an investment of their very lives into those who will live on into eternity. Giving of our time and energy into that which will last is a commitment worth keeping.
For Teachers: Stop and examine your own heart. To what or to whom are you committed in your teaching? Next to the Lord, are the students your focal point? Make a list of at least three practical steps you can take to help you shift the focus of your commitment more onto what it should be. Every day for the next two weeks, pull out the list and ask God to help you accomplish these goals.
For Leaders: In leadership it is easy to let programs and tasks become priority over people. Examine your commitment. Are you focusing on the right target?
For Group Use: After giving the devotional, develop a profile, as a group, of a teacher committed to students and a profile of a teacher committed to the task. You can make two columns on a chalk or white board and write down qualities under each target of commitment. Point out the contrasts. Ask teachers to choose one of the qualities under the teacher committed to students on which they can work. Pray for God's help to follow through.
(Last updated 11/01/18)