With my last article, I wrote about being a great teacher and now I want to look at the other side of the coin, which is, being a great student. The best teachers become great teachers by first being great students. Unfortunately, the motto for our modern era has become “do as I say and not as I do”. We want people to learn from our theory but we do not want to be held to the same standards. That is not good because God teaches us to live what we speak and speak what we live. Hypocrisy and God have nothing in common other than the fact that God recognizes hypocrisy and condemns it. So, if we want to become great teachers, we first must become great students. The beauty of the Word of God is that It teaches us how to be great students and develop into great teachers.
Have an attitude of obedience
To the Word of God
All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
If you are obedient to the Word of God then you will be:
- Shown where you are wrong
- Helped to get back right
- Trained in pleasing God
- Able to serve God and others
This is profitable to your life. You will be blessed first and foremost and then you will become a blessing to others.
To your teacher(s)
My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments; for they shall add length of days, and long life, and peace to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; tie them around your neck; write them upon the tablet of your heart; and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. (Pro 3:1-4)
Take the information that you learn from your teachers and use it. Put it into practice. There are many benefits from being obedient to your teachers, especially when they teach you the Word of God.
- Length of days
- Length of years
- Good reputation
My son, keep your father’s commandments, and do not forsake the law of your mother; bind them upon your heart forever, tie them around your neck. When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you awake, it shall talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life; (Pro 6:20-23)
There are even more benefits revealed in this passage for those who have an attitude of obedience toward their teachers.
- You will have a guide in life, someone to help you find your way in this life.
- You will have someone to watch over you, to protect you from bad choices.
- You have an instructor who will show you what is right and wrong and help you choose what is right.
- You will have discipline which is greatly needed to accomplish much in this life.
Live out the process of discipleship
The word “disciple” or the process of “discipleship” has its meanings in the Greek word that is translated “disciple”. The word is “manthano” and it means “to learn, to increase in knowledge, to hear, to be informed, to learn by use and practice, to form a habit“. In other words, this means to study and apply, to be taught something from the Word of God and then immediately apply it to your life.
But his delight is only in the Law of the Lord; and in His Law he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivulets of water that brings forth its fruit in its seasons, and its leaf shall not wither, and all which he does shall be blessed. (Psalm 1:2-3)
If you delight (enjoy) the Word of God and meditate on It day and night (study, ponder, talk about) then you will be firmly planted in this life. You will prosper in what you do and you will produce great things for the people around you. This all comes by being a disciple of Jesus Christ, a student of the Word of God with an attitude of obedience to the Word and your teacher. There is a great example of a great man of God who did great things because he lived according to the truths that we have just learned. His name is Joshua, Moses’ disciple for 40 years.
This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely. (Joshua 1:8)
People search their entire lives for the key to success. We have just discovered it right here in plain sight in the Word of God. What will you do with it?