Tag Archive: Teach through Living

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,  and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did… Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 11-13.

Think about those verses. Paul is describing the history of Israel, and says that everything that happened, is for our benefit as Christians today. I think it is no stretch to extend that to the entire Old Testament. Thousands of years of human history were orchestrated by God so that we, today, as believers can grow closer to God. How much must God care for us? He gave us a great history Lesson to learn from, replete with mistakes to avoid. It is a warning, yes, but a warning with directions on how to avoid the mistakes that Israel made. So why read the Bible? Because the Bible is our handbook, our guide on life’s journey. Last week I put forward the idea that all of teach through our lives. If that is the case, then the ancients lived for us. We see the trails that they took, and the points where they became lost. Let us learn from them.


“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.