Today’s Scripture: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Algebra wasn’t one of my daughter Julie’s favorite subjects in high school. It didn’t make sense to her. It went against everything she had been taught up to that point. Letters were for English; numbers were for math. The two weren’t supposed to go together. Like oil and water, they couldn’t mix.
As most students do, Julie finally caught on to algebra. But she didn’t just learn the subject; she turned algebra into a side job. Soon she began tutoring students from a local high school. Because she had struggled with this subject herself, she knew the clearest way to explain it to other students so they could understand. The student had become the teacher — and a good one.
When Christians understand the gospel and other spiritual truths, we should become teachers to others. We should teach the same clear way we learned the truths ourselves. Using big words isn’t the answer. If the simple truth of salvation by grace can save a soul, then let’s keep it simple. If we have found easy ways to understand other spiritual truths, then let’s make it easy for others to learn these truths from us.
Have you been saved for more than five years? Have you been attending a solid, Bible-teaching church during this time? Then you’d be surprised how much Bible knowledge you have. Why don’t you try sharing it with others? You might not be a pastor or Sunday School teacher, but you can teach your kids or spouse. If you’re a young person, then you can help your friends. We’re all students of the Word of God, but each of us can use our knowledge and experience for someone else’s benefit. As each one teaches one, we will learn and grow into the Christians God wants us to be — together.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder