They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 1 Timothy 1:7 (NIV).
I love to teach; I love to share. It’s the reason for this blog. Yet the minute it becomes about me, I’ve failed you.
I’m a trained teacher. College degree (graduate degree in education, even). Years of instructional design and development training. Managed training shops. Written dozens of training manuals. Taught hundreds of people across multiple disciplines and areas. Published author. Followed and shared by (yes) thousands of people in person and online.
Big flippin deal. It’s not about me.
Truth is I don’t know much. More and more I find I have to reach out to friends or other sources for advice on what is said here. I want to get things right, for God and for you. Yet I make mistakes and sometimes I get it wrong.
I’d love to be a teacher of the law but, too often, I don’t know what I’m talking about or what I so confidently affirm.
Training is good but not a big deal; it’s not about me. College is a lot of fun; I enjoyed the classes and met some great people but big deal: it’s not about me. Years of experience, a story for every situation, researched answers and a desire to want to teach others are all great and wonderful things. But they aren’t everything, and if they aren’t done in love then they aren’t helpful. It’s. Not. About. Me.
Over the last week or so I’ve been convicted by some online discussions with people who argue that, above all else, Jesus is pure love. They argue to the point of flat-out denying the other aspects of Jesus’ character like holiness, justice, and perfection in the law. Love literally does conquer all, and above every aspect of Jesus Christ is (as the song says) the “overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God.” Some of what they say isn’t said in love, some of it was condescending and arrogant, and some of it was crazy wrong. Yet at the end of some very deep and sometimes confusing points, I found I agreed. It is all about love: Jesus’ love. That crowds out every other true and valid point from the Scriptures.
And it’s what Paul was hinting at in this verse. The folks, like me, who want to be teachers of the law have it all wrong if that law doesn’t point to the love of Jesus. God’s law IS holy, yet if we make it about power, or getting the last word, or just being right, then it’s time for a gut-check. Going forward, I pray for Jesus’ help to be a better witness for Him, to share His love better. Because it’s not about me.
For further reading: 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:11, Job 38:2, 1 Timothy 1:8
Lord, teach me to better witness for You, in love