2 Timothy 2:2-3
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
We’re all aware of what a teacher does. A teacher instructs students in some area in order that they may increase in knowledge and ultimately be able to apply the lessons to their life in some way.
Jesus was the ultimate teacher and His students were the disciples. Those with the gift of teaching seek to essentially reproduce themselves in others and that is what Jesus wanted to do with His disciples. It is no mistake or coincidence that the word disciple actually means student. In the great commission we are told to make disciples. This literally means that we are to reproduce ourselves within others as our students.
Even though we are all called to make disciples, teachers have a special gift for teaching. It can come in many ways because there are many types of students, ranging from little children to the elderly. Some may be gifted lecturers while others are especially skilled in interaction with students.
We are the people we are because of those who have invested in our lives whether that was a family member, pastor, friend, or a school teacher. You’re a teacher any time that you reach out to make a difference in other people’s lives. If teaching is one of your gifts you probably do this without thinking many times but you’ll also intentionally look for places to make an impact in another person’s life.