“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” Titus 2:1-8
This summer I have been working as a guide/docent at Hancock Shaker Village. There, I educate people about the history and society of a particular religious group, and so, even though I don’t work in a school or college (yet), you could say that I am a teacher. But I think that all of us are teachers. Our actions and words impact those around us, influencing them in ways that we may not even notice. So it is very important that we ensure that we teach others the right things.
In the passage above, Paul encourages Titus to teach what is right, in this case, right living and a right understanding of God. And Paul then gives instructions to all of us: Old or young, man or woman, we all are included in the above. But the final part of the passage I think is the key – how is Titus to teach? Through words, yes, but also through his life. How do we teach others to be truthful? Be truthful ourselves. Teach others to be self-controlled? Be self-controlled ourselves. Teaching is so much more than a lecture. It is a life.