And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds* and teachers,* to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Eph. 4:11
In James 2 were told that “not many of you should become teachers” and also that “teachers will have a stricter judgment”. I think this passage in Ephesians gives us a clue as to why. In fact if you want to know why we teach it is to equip saints to live out their faith in the everyday rhythms of life.
Many teachers are equipping their saints to only know how to live out their faith at church events, and at the last day they will be held accountable because the root of that motivation is fear, greed, and pride.
Jesus taught and did, taught and did, taught and did. He was out in the mess. Teachers who are only in their church office and hanging out in the church culture bubble are not in the mess. So how could they equip people to actually live in the mess if they themselves are not?
Lord Jesus help me to teach and do. Empower me to equip and inspire others to live in real life. Amen