Be-Attitudes for Teachers: A Devotional for Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers

Be Teachable

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal . . . (Phil. 3:12-14a)

The Christian life is a growing process of being transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are a work in progress. We "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3:18). Consequently, regardless of how long you have been teaching and despite endless hours of studying God's Word, you will always have more to learn. Just when you think you have mastered a task or successfully overcome a bad habit or attitude, you will discover another area requiring attention.
In an age of instant access and immediate response, the concept of "becoming" is difficult to grasp by both teachers and students alike. Why should you have to sit through hours of Bible instruction when you are used to having knowledge with the touch of a finger? Why should you have to wait to bear the finest fruit of the Spirit through drawn out trials and suffering when you can drive up to a window or microwave a full-course meal for your physical being with minimal waiting? And why does God take so long to bring you to maturity and fix your problems when life's severest problems can be resolved in thirty minutes to an hour on television?
Technological advances have masked reality. Answers don't always come quickly. There is no cure-all solution for life's problems apart from Christ and waiting on Him. Instantaneous fixes are an illusion. Although God can perform a miracle, He often chooses to teach us in the process of changing us which takes time.
People quickly become discouraged when their spiritual life doesn't imitate technological-like speed or the media approach. By maintaining a teachable spirit, you can model the Christian life before your students. You can help them face the reality that it takes time to grow and that it is a worthwhile pursuit.
Demonstrate that you are teachable by sharing with your pupils what you are learning and how God is teaching you. Stimulate inquiry by allowing students to ask questions but guard how you respond. Don't be ashamed to admit lack of complete knowledge. When you ignore, belittle, or provide a pat or shallow answer to avoid embarrassment, you are communicating that you think you should know it all. Be willing to learn new and better ways of teaching. Don't be satisfied with status quo.
As a teacher, you need to see yourself in the proper perspective. You are still in process. You haven't arrived. When you are teachable, you are in a better position to teach others because you know what it takes to grow.

Also Read: Are Your Teachers Students?


For Teachers: Break out of your mold. Learn something new. Read a new book. Take a different approach in your personal time with the Lord. Try a new teaching method. Ask someone for advice.

For Leaders: Reinforce the need for your teachers to constantly be learning by providing on-going training and access to helpful books and materials. Demonstrate that you are teachable by attending a seminar and sharing what you learned with your teachers.

For Group Use: Give teachers an opportunity to learn from one another in areas of methodology, classroom discipline, personal growth, etc.

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(Last updated 11/01/17)

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