The Authorized Samurai
We are in a spiritual war between good and evil. The devil has no chance of winning the war, but he won't go down without a fight. The moment a new believer places their faith in Jesus Christ and declares it through baptism, Heaven rejoices and hell quakes. Satan will do everything in his power to stop you from teaching a new believer. From his perspective, the only thing worse than a new believer is one properly taught the Word of God and trained to teach others.
Teaching is not a job for the faint of heart. Teachers are fighting on the front lines of the battlefield. Not surprisingly, teaching is where many Christian casualties take place. Too often, new believers are left without proper instruction. Without someone to disciple them through the Christian walk, they are unable to make more disciples, and the multiplication process stops. This is exactly what the enemy wants.
Making disciples without teaching them is like enlisting men in the military and sending them into battle without weapons or armor.
The devil is relentless in his attacks. Sound biblical teaching is critically important for withstanding the enemy and gaining victory over him on the battlefield of everyday life.
The role of a teacher is not just for pastors, church leadership, Christian writers, or church-appointed "teachers." Every believer is commissioned by Jesus Christ to teach others. Teaching is for all believers, all the time. If we don't get serious about teaching, we're setting ourselves and others up for defeat.
You are an authorized teacher, a warrior on the front lines of a spiritual war. Like a samurai, you are charged by your master to live with honor and integrity, to train hard every day with intense discipline and self-sacrifice, to devote yourself wholeheartedly to prayer and the study of the Word, and to give everything you have in your spiritual warfare.
You are an authorized samurai, and the Word of God is your sword.
|Posted by Matthew Elton on November 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM||904 Views|