You Ought to be Teaching

  • You ought to be teaching!

    Have you ever seen someone who is always learning something new, but never can apply themselves enough to remember or retain what they have learned. There have been people I have worked with that it seemed like everyday they had to learn their job all over again. Then there are others that retain what they have learned just fine, however they have no desire to learn anything new and therefore never grow. This type of people are satisfied working in the same job year after year with no change, personal growth, or advancement. They don't forget what they know, but they don't want to grow in knowledge either.

    These same concepts sometimes hold true in our hobbies as well. Do we forget the principles of shooting between every time we shoot? Do we have to lay down behind the rifle and consciously think about the basic principles even though we have been applying these principles for several years now? Or is it the case we are satisfied with where we are in our shooting ability? We might shoot the same today as we did a year ago as we did 10 years ago and we are just fine with the level of ability we have reached. If we are not growing what is the reason? Do we not have enough interest in the hobby? Are we unwilling to invest the time and effort? Are we unwilling to make changes necessary in order to grow in our shooting abilities?

    These same concepts hold true in the spiritual realm as well. Are we growing spiritually? Do we need to learn the basics over and over because we don't retain them? Are we in the same place spiritually as we were a year ago, or even 10 years ago? Why are we not growing spiritually? Is it because we are not willing to invest the time or effort to grow? Is it because we are satisfied with where we are and feel like growth is not necessary?

    Hebrews 5:12 says, "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food," Paul here tells the Christians that they ought to be teachers, but they need to be taught. They had not grown spiritually and were not capable teaching others, much less even directing their own life in spiritual matters.

    Getting to heaven is all that really matters in this life. We must decide that we are going to grow spiritually, grow closer to God, grow in a knowledge and understanding of Him, grow in faith. There is nothing in this life that is more important.

    You ought to be teaching