When the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority. Mark 1:21-22
Jesus taught as none other: clear, compelling and authoritative based on Himself, the living Word. He also explained the Scriptures with clarity and conviction in a way that caused demons to tremble and shriek, exiting the body of the one they possessed. The religious leaders were jealous of this new younger teacher whom they feared as competition. Yes, Jesus ministered the Word to crowds with His Holy Spirit inspired teaching and then loved them individually.
Transformational teaching handles the Word of God with humility. There is a reverence of God that points to Christ as the author and finisher of our faith. It’s out of a loving relationship with the Living Word, Jesus, that we are able to compassionately communicate the written Word of God. As we love the Lord with our hearts and minds, our teaching engages the heart and minds of our hearers. Thus, we bow before God in prayerful preparation, before we stand for God to teach.
The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. Ecclesiastes 12:10
Furthermore, we are challenged to walk fresh in our faith and to invite His words to transform our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you teach, teach what God has taught you, one broken person to another broken person. Speak openly where the Lord has brought you. Exhort and teach transparently out of your weakness, and Christ will show Himself strong. What you teach instructs and inspires, but how you live is a transformational model for others to follow.
Lastly, we are wise to sit under the teaching of teachers who instruct from the authority of God’s Word. However, make sure to learn from those whose heart and head are engaged with Christ’s heart and mind. Learn from men and women whose hearts have been transformed by God on their knees in humble prayer, before they sit behind their desks to prepare their minds for teaching. Transformational teaching comes from the Spirit’s conviction and instruction. Learn from Him!
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. Deuteronomy 32:2
Prayer: Heavenly Father, transform my heart by Your transformational teaching inspired by Your Spirit and modeled by Your servants.
Related Readings: Psalm 78:1; Isaiah 2:3; John 14:24; Acts 18:11; Hebrews 5:12