Reading through this section (specifically the part about the part about the false prophets) reignited my passion of the frightening responsibility of being a teacher of God's Word. These prophets in Ezekiel are condemned for leading people astray, and the same condemnation applies to teachers today who lead people in the wrong direction. Every time I get up to teach, I am faced with the responsibility of sharing God's Word with people. If I teach His Word in a way that is dishonorable, then I am opening myself up to some serious consequences. If you are a teacher of God's Word, here are a few things you can do during your preparation to make certain that you teach with integrity:
- PRAY – Make sure that you had prayed long and hard over the things you are going to teach, asking God to help you communicate His message and not your own
- STUDY – Examine commentaries, search cross-references, and look at the context to make sure you are fairly representing what God's Word actually says in the context in which it is written
- GET OVER YOURSELF – Remember that you're sharing God's message and not your own. This means that you have to remove your bias and refrain from manipulating God's Word into saying what it is that you want it to say.
If you keep these things in mind, then you should be able to clearly communicate what God's Word teaches.