Last Sunday I had the amazing privilege to teach for the first time. It was a youth group at Calvary Chapel Downey. It was such a humbling experience both for the fact that it is a huge privilege to teach God’s word, the Word of the Living God to the body of Christ and also because…it’s like a Lamp inside yourself, it makes you see whether you’re living up to what you are teaching. I realized many things I am not living up to according to what I taught. The Bible convicted me of so much, and I am grateful for that. Pride, arrogance, selfishness, self-centered attitude, etc. It says in James 3:1-2,
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Therefore, there is greater judgment for those who teach the Word of God. Why? Simply enough because if you teach, you are communicating the very words that came out of the Holy mouth of God Himself. That should be enough to explain. But also because if you teach wrongly, you lead the body of Christ astray, and their blood is in your hands, they will be demanded from you at the White Throne. Also, if you do not live up to what you teach, then you are a hypocrite and you are not treating the calling God has given you with the proper respect and awe it deserves. This is me. But whether teachers or not, we all ought to live up to what we profess to be: Christians. Even the Greek word for Christian means “Christ-like” being Christ-like is not only to have His attitude, but His mind, His character, which is the mindset of a servant, a servant who died on the cross for utterly lost and dead sinners like you and me. So, I will post my notes for the teaching and also in a separate entry all the Bible verses I used. I used a pamphlet that really helped me a lot to put this teaching together, it’s called From Pride to Humility A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott, I highly recommend it.
May we all see the light of this wonderful truth: Pride and Humility cannot coexist. Pride is an epidemic, and it infests us. If you wanna be a Christian, be humble, for you cannot even come to God without humility.