2 Timothy 2:2
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
From the very beginning of Christ’s ministry on Earth, He set about teaching others what to do. For three years, Jesus taught the disciples everything they needed to do to turn a world upside down. To the credit of the disciples, they followed what He taught them and actually turned their world upside down for Jesus Christ. The very last thing that Jesus commanded the believer to do before He ascended to Heaven was to lead people to Christ, baptize them, and teach them to “observe all things.”
Paul reminded Timothy that one of the greatest things he could do was to “teach others also.” Isn’t it interesting that Paul didn’t say that the greatest thing Timothy could do was to preach? Certainly, preaching is necessary, but if all we do is preach without teaching others what to do, we will never pass to the next generation the needed methods and doctrines they will need for them to teach others. There are several things the verse above reveals about what it takes to teach others.
First, you are going to have to listen to those before you. What was Timothy to teach others? He was to teach others “the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses.” You cannot teach others if you are not listening. You cannot teach others if you are not learning from those before you. If you are more interested in maligning the previous generation, you will never be able to teach others what you have learned.
Second, you must be faithful. You can’t commit what you have learned to “faithful men” if you are not faithful. Being faithful is a prerequisite to teaching others. Nobody will want to learn from you if you are not faithful where you are in the present, and in the areas that have been given to you to serve the LORD.
Third, you must be willing to be inconvenienced. It is never easy to teach. Do you think it was easy for Jesus to have twelve men follow Him for three years? Don’t you think these twelve men following Him was inconvenient at times? You cannot be a teacher of others if you are not willing to have your time and privacy of life inconvenienced.
Fourth, you must realize it will be hard. In verse 3, Paul told Timothy to “endure hardness.” He said this because he understood that it is not easy to teach others. There will be times when others will disappoint you, but you must continue teaching them no matter how hard it gets. There will be times when you won’t know how to get across to them the importance of doing things, but you must continue teaching. You will never teach others if everything must be easy and fun.
Fifth, you must not get entangled in unneeded affairs. Too many people get entangled in things that have nothing to do with teaching others; thus, they don’t teach others because the things in which they are entangled have pulled them away from teaching. Be careful that you don’t get entangled in worldly affairs, or in issues that seem important, but are nothing more lures that pull you away from teaching.
Sixth, you must bring someone with you. You need to adopt the phrase, “Never go alone.” Always bring someone with you whenever you are doing something for God so that you can teach them how to do what you are doing.