Teaching is one of the most honorable positions in society. Millions of teachers across the world go to their classrooms every day without fanfare and pour into their students. They will give much more than just the information in a book. They will give their time and resources to see their students thrive. One day they will be rewarded for their selfless effort. What makes these teachers so successful? They know they are held to a higher standard.
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”
More is Caught than Taught
James lets all those who desire to be teachers know that they will be held to a higher standard. They not only teach but set the standard for which their students follow. Students watch twice as much as they listen, so more is caught than taught. It’s more than practicing what you preach. It is understanding that the next generation is looking for someone to model themselves after.
There are a lot of people today who think they have something to say. There are others who want to be up in front of others because they want attention. The difficulty comes when they are questioned or called out for their hypocrisy. This is where you see them getting defensive or lashing out. Teachers teach louder with their actions than their words.
Held to a Higher Standard
If God is leading you to teach others, whether in the classroom or the pulpit, take it very seriously. Do your preparation but also be aware that those you are teaching are watching you. They will expect a lot from you, and one day you will one day stand before God and be held to a higher standard.