It’s so easy to get carried away with the honor and respect and the often-unnecessary attention paid to teachers of the word. If you have been blessed and privileged to teach God’s children, you will know that your life is automatically set on a pedestal by those you instruct. Your otherwise everyday normal actions will be scrutinized and judged differently. And whether you like it or not, you will be in the spotlight.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, after all Jesus said, “We are the light of the world, a city set upon the hill that cannot be hidden”. It just means you need to pay extra attention to yourself and your walk of faith. Check this out:
1 Timothy 4:16 (NLT)
16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
It can’t be plainer and straightforward than this. We can’t afford to have multiple personalities or have a different face at home, at work and in church. We need to watch what we teach and most importantly, we need to live by it.
Even if you are not a preacher, but you find yourself in some kind of leadership position, in school or at work, how you live and what kind of example you show is extremely important. Because you are responsible to those you have been assigned to lead. Their success, and progress hangs on how you lead and what you show.
So let the word and the spirit of God teach you as you teach yourself. And remind yourself everyday, that your fulfillment does not lie in how popular you are, but how many lives you have inspired to greatness through your leadership.