The Model Teacher

teachingKeeping our hearts true to God and helping others to keep their hearts true to God is a lot easier said then done. A lot of people claim to love God and claim they are spreading God’s word but seem to have a hard time getting it to stick with the people they are trying to teach. There are also many parents that spend time searching out ways to get their children involved with the congregation’s youth group in hopes that they will stay faithful after high school graduation. Sadly, many parents find out that once their children are in college, they drift away. This raises the question, what is the best way to teach people about God so they will stay faithful to Him?

In Deuteronomy 6:5 the Bible says, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Later on in the same chapter God tells the Israelites that if they love Him they will not only teach but show this love to their children.  Deuteronomy 6:7 says “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” There is a key principle that can be found in this verse. That key is to continually and constantly love God.

The best time to teach is all the time and the best place is everywhere. God has taught throughout all the ages this principle of teaching by example. It is the best way to teach others about God and the best way to teach the next generation how to love Him. The best way to teach those you are around about God is to be a living example.

In Titus 2:7 Paul encourages Titus to be a model, an example, but he is also commanded to be a teacher. These two commands go hand in hand. One cannot be a good teacher if they are not living what they teach. We are all called to be a model. Just like parents are called to show their love for God, we must also show our love for Him not just once or twice a week but all the time. We need to remember to show and not just tell. The best way to teach is to be constantly showing our love for God by our example and our words. The question is, are we?

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