A World Teachers’ Day ThankathonOctober 5, 2020
Today is World Teachers’ day which got me thinking…
- Who taught you to read? And who taught you to read people, situations and the world around you? Who taught you to read and understand the Word of God?
- Who taught you to walk? And who taught you to walk by faith?
- Who taught you to speak? And who taught you to listen with ears that hear?
- Who taught you to appreciate the still small voice of God and who taught you to speak the truth in love?
- Who taught you comprehend and who taught to apprehend what you comprehend and apply it to life in ways that advance the Gospel?
Who have your teachers been along the way – formally and informally – intentionally and unintentionally?
And who is naming YOU right now as they consider the value added to their life by those who have taught them along the way?
Everything we do and say – and how we do it and say it is TEACHING others.
As disciples (lifelong learners) commissioned to make disciples (Matthew 28:20) as we go along life’s way, today is our day. We celebrate those who have taught us and we acknowledge the great responsibility and glorious opportunity it is on THIS day to teach others.
Did you know that of the 90 times Jesus was addressed directly in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), 60 times he was called Teacher? “Teacher,” is the word the multitudes used to address Jesus. And the way the disciples referred to him and one of the terms Jesus used to refer to himself. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13).
When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he said, “We know that you are a teacher who has come from God” (John 3:2). Strange, when you think about it. Here is a teacher of the law coming to Jesus who did not have a formal education and no degree (as we understand the term), yet all the world looked to him in order to understand God, themselves, the world and everything in it.
Jesus set down the pattern of a Master Teacher and he was the curriculum for the first Master Class.
Today, as we celebrate and thank all those who have taught us along life’s way, let us acknowledge Jesus above all others. And let us be quick to thank those teachers who, in the Spirit of Christ, taught us to obey everything He commanded.
Now, let’s get to that World Teachers’ Day thankathon! Who do you need to thank today that you are able to read this?