Teach the Word
Note from the author: This is an excerpt from my message in Linglingay Christian Fellowship entitled “Seek. Do. Teach”. This is also the fourth and last part of the series on “Why the Lord’s hand was with Ezra.” You can check the series again – Introduction, seek the word and do the word.
You need to ensure that you do what you teach. Why? Because if you don’t apply what you’re teaching, it is like a man teaching farmers how to plant when the man doesn’t have his own farm to plant. You can’t effectively teach something that you do not have personal experience with. And we know that the best way to teach is usually through real life experiences. Yes, you can teach even if you haven’t experienced it but I don’t think that will be very effective.
For example, I cannot really teach about marriage. How can I when I am not even married? I don’t have a wife so I don’t know what kind of problems a wife and husband face. Will I be credible if I teach lessons on how to make a marriage work? I don’t think so.
Ezra not only sought and applied the Word of God, but he also taught it to others. Scribes are responsible to teach the word of the Lord because that was the only way the people could learn God’s truth. But that doesn’t mean that you are only to teach because it is your responsibility to teach.
Do you not know that everyone is called to teach? Not everyone is called to just focus on being a teacher but everyone should teach. Let’s look at Jesus’ great commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Did you see the keyword there? In verse 20 it says “teaching them”. We are tasked to teach every command. It doesn’t say in the verse that this responsibility only falls on teachers or preachers. Every disciple of Jesus Christ is to teach his commandments.
Teaching is evidence that the disciple is firmly rooted on the word of the Lord thus he is compelled to teach and proclaim the word of the Lord. When you are in love you don’t stay silent. You are moved and compelled to proclaim your love to the world. That’s why teaching is a sign that you have already grown in your walk with the Lord. You have sought and obeyed his word and now, you are moved to teach it. Because it just overflows from your heart that you just need to let it out. You just need to teach.
We need to be disciples who will make disciples and followers of Jesus Christ. And we can only achieve this if we take the time to teach his word and direct others to the word of the Lord. It takes courage and effort but it is all worth it.
Friends, let me just share to everyone the joy of teaching. When I teach, I am sometimes the one learning. When I teach, I reinforce deep within myself what I have just taught. I remember, I was preaching one time in our church and I said a phrase that I took home with me. When I said “it is not about us but about him”, I began to think if what I said was true in my life. As I thought about it more, I realized that I needed to apply this truth more in my life. I have discipled a group of young men for more than 4 years. We have grown together and I have taught them different lessons from the word of God. It is always a joy to see these men grow. It is a wonderful feeling to be used by God in this way. Because when you need to teach you are forced to study his word. And as you study, you realize the things that you need to apply. As you finish studying and applying what you have learned – you can now teach – Proclaim His words with passion and zeal. Teach the Word of the Lord. Teach and be blessed through it.
The Lord said in Matt 13:52 — “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old”.
Ezra was a man who studied the Word and applied it. He is a disciple who obeyed and practiced the Word, and a householder who taught the Word to others. If we want God’s hand to be on our life, we are to follow his example.
Seek. Do. Teach. There is no better way to live life than to experience how it is to have the hand of the Lord working in your life daily. Fear the Lord. Fear losing his hand in your life. Fear not being able to experience him and losing what life is all about. Life is really just being with Him, getting to know Him and experiencing Him.
I hope you have learned something on Why the Lord’s hand was with Ezra. I would love to hear your thoughts about this series by leaving a comment below.