Purpose of the gift of teaching: The gift of teaching is a gift easy to recognize in children. Romans 12:7 – In spiritual work we understand that teaching is the logical, systematic presentation of truth so we grow in the understanding and knowledge of God and his kingdom. In life in general, teachers expound knowledge on any number of topics that help us navigate life and pursue our careers, our life’s work. The purpose of the motivational gift of teaching is to share knowledge with others to help them grow.
In the church the teacher keeps things in order and connects the scriptures of truth, keeping in proper perspective the balance and context of scriptures and doctrines. However, because one has a motivational gift of teaching, this does not mean that they will have a ministry gift to serve as a teacher. James 3:1 warns, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”
The Greek word for those with the spiritual gift of teaching is didaskalos. From the root of this word we get our English word, “didactic.” The word didasko means to teach, instruct, instill doctrine, explain, and expound.
One with the motivation to teach might be described as someone that loves the truth and is not happy when it is misrepresented or taken out of context. This can apply to any facet of life. Truth is truth. Children with this gift are called “book worms” because they love to read and do research. They are described by their peers as, “Sarah is always correcting me” or “Jimmie is so smart”. Educators like the child gifted with the desire to share what they learn. They never miss class and are eager to learn, anything. Like Jesus who, “taught as one having authority”, this child is confident in the knowledge they learn and able to convey it to an audience they are speaking with whether it is an audience of one or one hundred. They love to give book reports in front of the class because that gives them a chance to share their knowledge.
Character Traits of the Child with the gift of Teaching
Do you have what seems to be the perfect child? Look at the character traits of this little one. They can seem to be virtually problem free at times. These children don’t make waves but can be a bit annoying to their friends because they are always correcting them.
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