Wednesday: 12th June, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 5:17-19
Matthew 5:19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven
When people become successful at what they do, some seek to transfer that knowledge to others whether at a fee or for free. Regardless, that remains the foundation of teaching- ‘To impart skills or knowledge’. Thus, even though teachers may not sit on top of the professional ladder (arguably), in their hands, they wield a weapon so great that it can shape a lot of situations along a particular course depending on how they use it.
This is because while learning could be unconscious, teaching is always an active and engaging process: it ensures that attention is gained, targets are set and clear methodology is in place to impart. The added intentionality is key to why Jesus issues the warning he does – for all to be careful of what we set out to teach as it could have significant consequences.
Just as one wrong word can alter the meaning of an entire sentence, one wrong assimilated teaching has the potential to undo many years of faith-oriented teaching. A wrong message, once expounded on and embraced, could become the ideals and principles others carry through life.
Sweetheart, teaching in any sphere -the home, the classroom, or the church has potential to make great impact- positively or negatively. Let us therefore be watchful of what we teach and what we allow ourselves to be taught.