06 Aug 3 Things You Can Do to Bless Teachers of the Word
Galatians 6:6 – Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
In just over a year, I will turn 50 years of age. That milestone will also mean that I will have been teaching the Bible as a senior pastor for half my life, since I started at age 25.
As a Bible teacher, the older I get, the more grateful I am for the honor it is to help people learn about Jesus Christ. That anyone would invite us into the most private, personal, and practical areas of their life is an incredible kindness.
Who has helped you learn the Bible? A grandparent or parent? A mentor or friend? A pastor or professor? When Paul invites you to give back to your Bible teacher, he is inviting you to participate in the circle of grace. God gives your Bible teacher grace to impart to you from God. When you receive that impartation of grace, you are blessing the Bible teacher. When you respond in some way with grace to your Bible teacher, you are completing the circle of grace. In particular, there are three ways to do this:
- Find ways to bless your Bible teacher. This can be praying for them, thanking and encouraging them, defending them when religious people come against them, and finding ways to bless them.
- Find ways to bless your Bible teacher’s spouse. Most ministry spouses live under a high level of scrutiny and are often not as appreciated as they should be. A gift, kind note, act of service, or most anything goes a long way.
- Find ways to bless your Bible teacher’s children. On many, if not most, Sundays at The Trinity Church, which we planted as a family ministry, people leave kind cards and notes for our five kids on the front row. The people in our church family are a means of grace to our family. Our kids feel incredibly loved and supported by the people in their church as the people are overt and generous with their love.
How can you bless your Bible teacher?