Expectations Are Too High!
James 3:1 “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
This passage is written to deliberately discourage people from wishing and taking responsibility of being teachers. Teachers referred to more than classroom Teacher, it included Apostles and church leaders of all calibre. That is why James writes, “We who teach,” thereby including himself and other leaders of the church as teachers. That means teachers are more than imparters of knowledge, they are leaders too. Teachers don’t just teach they also lead, indeed, expectations are too high!
Romans 12:6 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. …
(12:7)…; if it is teaching, let him teach;” Teaching is a gift from God. It is a gift of the Spirit. The Spirit decides who becomes a teacher and who doesn’t. Without the gift, you will enjoy the teacher’s pay but not the teacher’s job. Without the Spiritual gift, no amount of training will make you effective. Without the Spiritual gift, your students will find your classes traumatising.
Therefore teachers of whatever discipline require the Holy Spirit in order to effectively execute their work. The Holy Spirit is God dwelling in us, and with Him in us, nothing is impossible, and without Him, even the possible is impossible. A teacher without the Holy Spirit amounts to nothing regardless of training and years of experience. The Holy Spirit is not procured in shops or dished out in training schools and seminars. The Holy Spirit only comes to a consecrated life (a person who has quit sin and sinful living and dedicated their life to living for Jesus). A teacher must therefore be consecrated. A teacher must be a good Christian in profession and actions. Expectations for teaching are too high!
Teachers will not just be judged like the masses, but they will be judged strictly. This is why teaching expectations are not just high, but too high. Teachers posses knowledge that changes lives from illiterate to literate. Knowledge that changes society and quality of its leadership. Knowledge that people pay for to get. Knowledge that causes people to respect them. That knowledge that the teacher has dispensed, changes others, therefore the teacher is expected to be fully changed. The teacher is the personification of knowledge and school expectations. The standard set for the teacher by schools, governments, parents, community, students, fellow teachers, is too high!
Romans 2:19 “if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
(2:20) an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth–
(2:21) you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
(2:22) You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
(2:23) You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?”
Teachers teach order, cleanliness, good hand writing, dressing well, keeping time, requesting to speak by raising your hand and only speaking when given a chance, obedience and speaking grammatically correctly.This is exactly what is expected from teachers by everybody. What Teachers demand from learners is many times more demanded from them. Expectations are too high!
Teachers are expected to plan their classes, understand content and learners. Teachers are expected to succeed where parents have failed. Teachers are held responsible for learners behaviour in and out of school. Teachers spend more time with learners than parents, therefore they hold a higher stake in character moulding than churches and parents. Character of society today May be a result of many factors but it includes teachers’ work. Expectations are too high!
Since teaching is highly esteemed, society spends resources to train teachers, governments set rules to govern teachers, society watches teachers and are quick to accuse and disapprove. But God, knowing the burden of teaching and teachers, doesn’t just put expectations in place He also provides empowerment through the Holy Spirit.
Are you a teacher in a learning institution or a teacher because of leadership responsibilities? Expectations all around us are high, too high, but, God has availed the Holy Spirit to us, to empower us, and enable us to excel.
May we who teach be granted the Holy Spirit today in Jesus name. Amen! (C)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!