September 4, 2023

A Great Teacher

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.”—1 Timothy 1:2 NLT

The Greek philosopher Socrates is considered a great teacher. What distinguished him was a unique approach often called the Socratic method. This involved a dialogue between teachers and students in which the teacher asked a series of questions, seeking to draw out deeper understanding from pupils. The goal was to encourage students to think, to explain their conclusions, and to develop critical thinking skills.

We also know that the apostle Paul was a great teacher. We see his technique in the letter he wrote to his young friend Timothy, whom Paul considered his “beloved and faithful child in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:17). He was a trusted emissary and a man who could teach others how to follow Jesus. Timothy needed to learn essential truths.

Paul’s letter to Timothy is filled with instructions: how to approach the task of ministry; how to determine his focus; how to interact with other believers; insights into the correct understanding of spiritual truths; how to deal with disputes; and how to choose church leaders.

Paul was establishing a model for us. All of us should have a concern for the next generation, seeking to be good examples for men and women who are growing in their faith. We should model the kind of lives they should live, encourage them with the Word, and make them more effective believers.

Reflection Question: To whom can you be a role model this week?

Prayer
Father, help me to be a good example for others. Reveal more insights from Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Timothy 1

Prayer
Father, help me to be a good example for others. Reveal more insights from Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Timothy 1