Teaching to Learn

I pray that you may be active in sharing you faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. – Philemon vs. 6

Any teacher will tell you, the best way to learn something is to teach it. When I began teaching, I was assigned to 4th grade Math and Science. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about teaching Math. Multiplication facts are sort of a big deal in the 4th grade in case you didn’t know, and they certainly weren’t my strong suit. I just couldn’t get the hang of them as a kid, (really just mostly the 7s & 8s) and abandoned them nearly altogether as soon as we were allowed calculators.

So yeah, I wasn’t looking forward to that part. But as we started to go over them and over them, they started to click for me. It really stemmed from knowing that it was my job to help others to know that information. I had to know to be able to guide them. So the more I taught, the more I learned.

It’s the same way with any concept. Want to learn how to knit? Try to teach it to someone else. Want to study your Bible more? Lead a study group. We are told to be active in sharing our faith, so that we will have a good understanding of our blessings.

Sharing with and teaching others gives us an opportunity to think intentionally over the matter. We come to have a better understanding of that concept. To be active in sharing your faith, you have to know what you believe. You have to be able to reason with yourself first on why it is that you need a Savior.

What has Jesus done for me and why would anyone else need Him too?

The more I ask myself that question, the more I’m going to see every good thing I have in Christ. It might sound a little backwards, but it works. It’s like the saying:

God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

A bit counter-intuitive, but then, God’s known for working outside of the box on most days.

If you’re at a point in your life where you could really use a more personal relationship with Jesus, start sharing your faith with others. The rest will follow.