There are many reasons to teach but the one I am concentrating on today is a benefit for the teacher. Today is the last of a 13 lesson series of Bible studies for ladies and I realize that one of the greatest benefits for me has been that I am forced to think about the inconsistencies in my views before I teach them. I must anticipate the questions and comments that may arise and study past them. When I study simply for my own benefit I can be a little lazy and not challenge my own views. When I teach before a group I must know the material thoroughly.
I believe it would be good if we were always studying to teach someone. Our own children are a great place to start. They will challenge your views and you will be forced to as well. When our views are challenged we must find answers. We can intimidate those under our authority into outward agreement but when they leave our sphere of influence we will have made no lasting change in their lives. We must find answers.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”