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A Sedentary Trap

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

Word during a time of prayer- August 15th, 2022

The role of the teacher.

We see in the following passage:

EPH 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

In James 3:1

Not many [of you] should become teachers [serving in an official teaching capacity], my brothers and sisters, for you know that we [who are teachers] will be judged by a higher standard [because we have assumed greater accountability and more condemnation if we teach incorrectly]. AMP

Jesus also said: John 13:12-14 So when He had washed their feet and put on His [outer] robe and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right in doing so, for that is who I am. 14 So if I, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet as well.

This is what the Lord revealed:

The student is not above his teacher Matt 10:24 A student is not greater than his teacher. A servant is not above his master. 25 The student shares his teacher’s fate.

Now look at this: Luke 6:39 Jesus also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher’.

The role of a teacher is an extremely important one within the body and thus is often the most esteemed, along with the role of the Pastor. Often the two roles are joined or have become assimilated. Now here lies a problem. Both are gifting to the body and are among the five ministries of the Spirit that edify and equip the saints.