Are You Teaching For The Right Reasons?


James 3.13-1

A call for self-examination,

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13)

In the third chapter of his epistle, James addresses those who would teach God’s word, especially those who believe they possess the “wisdom and understanding” to teach others. For James, wisdom that is arrogantly intellectual is “earthly, unspiritual and demonic.” Rather, he says, true wisdom is demonstrated by “works [done] in meekness” such as: purity, gentleness, and mercy. Thus, the teacher’s wisdom, rest not in his head but in his heart. This warning should bring all teachers of God’s word to an abrupt halt for self-examination. You can be correct in doctrine, even down to the minutest detail, even excelling in the presentation of the faith, and yet, if you are arrogant and selfish you are satanic and your actions will only lead to “disorder and every vile practice.” So, the question today then is what is your motive in teaching, promoting God or prompting yourself? May the Lord be against us if we seek the latter.

For the whole passage read James 3:1-18

Other post in Devotions From The Epistle of James:

You Are Not Your Own

Are You A Hearer Who Forgets Or A Doer Who Acts?

Are You Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself?

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