by Jeff Strite

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A Teacher's Heart (3 of 7)
Series: Vitamins (Gifts) that Make the Body Healthy
Jeff Strite
Romans 12:1-8

Little Johnny wasn't getting good marks in school. One day he came up to the teacher's desk and looked like he wanted to say something.
''Yes Johnny'' the teacher said. ''Is there something you want?''
Very quietly he said, ''I don't want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don't get better grades… somebody is going to get a spanking.''

Now who did he think was going to get a spanking?
The teacher.
Not him.

In our society we have generally had a high regard for those who teach.We may not pay them what they're worth, but we often respect them for what they contribute to society, and what they do for our children and grandchildren and so on.

What's interesting in the list of gifts Paul speaks of in Romans 12 is that God has a high regard for those who are willing to teach. In fact, God has such a high regard for teaching that He even gives it as a gift to certain people within the congregation.

''We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is… teaching, let him teach'' Romans 12:6-7

Now, what exactly is the gift of teaching?
Does having this gift mean that God opens up a person's skull and pours in information?
Does it mean that God places Master's Degree information inside of these people?


Now God does - sometimes - pour information into our brains.
And God does - sometimes - enlighten teachers and give them an insight into truth.
But that's not what this gift is really about.

As we've said before -all these gifts in Romans 12 are ''motivational'' gifts.These gifts are what God places in the hearts of individual believers to motivate them to do these specific acts of service for His church.

Over the past couple of weeks we've talked about
- The gift of Prophecy(the gift that motivates certain people to confront sin and call for repentance)
- And the gift of Serving (the gift that mot ...

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