1 Timothy 3:2
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”
One of the reasons believers sin is because they have not been taught. Matthew 22:29, “…Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Jesus understood that the lack of knowledge is a big reason that people don’t obey the Scriptures. There are two reasons people don’t have knowledge. First, because they don’t study the Scriptures. Second, because nobody has taught them the Scriptures. If someone is going to avoid the lack of knowledge from causing them to sin, they must be taught what to do.
The verse above is a part of the requirements for a pastor. One of those requirements is that a pastor should be “apt to teach.” The word “apt” means; suitable, having a tendency, inclined, ready, or qualified to teach. A person who is “apt to teach” will fill all of these definitions. However, though these requirements are for a pastor, every believer should be “apt to teach.” Let me give several statements about being “apt to teach.”
First, don’t be complacent with a lack of knowledge. If the lack of knowledge is one of the main causes that people err, then the lack of knowledge should never be an acceptable excuse. Anybody can learn, and that includes you. Just because you don’t know isn’t an excuse to continue to have a lack of knowledge.
Second, get yourself ready to teach. If you are going to be “apt to teach,” you are going to have to study so that you have the knowledge to teach. The lack of knowledge is no excuse when God has given you the knowledge you need in the Scriptures. Every believer needs to spend time in the Scriptures to gain the knowledge they need so they can teach others.
Third, be on alert to teach. Use every situation in life as a teaching moment. The wise believer will use life situations as teaching moments to help strengthen a fellow believer. God allows you to experience life situations so that you can teach others how to better serve the LORD. Don’t waste the life situations that God sends your way. Parents should use life situations to teach their children how to serve the LORD, and believers should use life situations to teach the younger believer how to serve the LORD. Always be on alert to use a life situation to teach others.
Fourth, teach with context. The worst thing you can do is to twist the Scriptures to fit your desires. Never look at how you can fit the Scriptures into your life situations, but fit life situations into the model in which the Scriptures teach you to live. Just because Scriptures don’t fit how you want to live doesn’t mean you should take them out of context and ruin others with false teaching. You certainly must be “apt to teach,” but be sure you are teaching in the context of the actual meaning of the Scriptures.
Fifth, teach with an agenda. Yes, your agenda should be to get people to serve the LORD. The believer’s personal agenda should never influence teaching, but God’s will and the commands of Scriptures is the only agenda that should influence your teaching. If your desire is to help grow fellow believers, you will be “apt to teach” so that others will become who God wants them to become.