Over the past couple of days we have been considering the spiritual gift of Pastor / Teacher. According to scripture, God has selected certain men from within the body of Christ and given them the special ability to oversee the work of the church and to equip the saints. As a pastor, they shepherd the people of God. As a teacher, they help the saints to mature in their faith.
Yet we should note that pastors are not the only ones with the gift of teaching. Paul indicates in Romans 12 that there is a specific gift of teaching which is given to others within the body of Christ.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
Those with the gift of Teaching will have a deep love for the Word of God and a special desire to communicate God’s truths to others. Often such individuals will focus their effort towards teaching special groups within the church. For instance:
- Those who dedicate themselves to teaching children
- Those who dedicate themselves to teaching teens
- Those who dedicate themselves to teaching women
- Those who dedicated themselves to teaching men
Those with this special gift will have the ability to take God’s Word and make it practical and applicable for those within their area of ministry.
If you are someone whom God has called to teach, you have a very special responsibility before the Lord. Note Paul’s words to Timothy –
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
As someone with the gift of teaching, you will have to dedicate yourself to many hours of preparation so that you might properly present the Word of God to His people.
We should also note that who have the gift of teaching should always submit themselves to the leadership and guidance of their pastors. According to 1 Peter 5, pastors (shepherds) are accountable to the Chief Shepherd (the Lord Jesus) and bear the responsibility of overseeing the work of the church. Therefore, others who teach within the church should always strive to work with their pastors in order to make sure that there is unity and harmony within the body of Christ.