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Do not lead but rather teach.

Updated on April 28, 2013

teach them to soar high

So too it is with Christianity.

Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. Exodus 18:20 New International Version.

Too many times I have seen Christians attempt to lead nonbelievers to Jesus. I have seen it when people invite others to church, to Christian music concerts and other methods. This is all fine and dandy but then what?

If the unbelievers decide to give their life to Jesus there is a praise Hallelujah and then my job is done.

No it is not.

That is like telling someone how great hockey is and convince them to go with you to watch a game. After the game they decide they like it and want to play. You slap them on the back and congratulate them and walk away. How are they going to learn the game if you do not teach them?

So too it is with Christianity.

If you want to lead someone to Christ you had better be prepared to guide them not only to Christ but to teach them about Him, how to have a relationship with Him and how to live according to His standards. Otherwise, the people will not only lose interest in Christ but will mock Christians. It will take commitment on your behalf and may take years.

You can begin by being an example of what a Christian looks like.

From my experience it took six months of patient guidance before they would even accept Christ.

Now sometimes you are the sower and sometimes you are the reaper.

My experience has been that I am the one who sows the Word and then another teacher comes along and takes over from there. That is the way God has planned it not me.

So, just as John’s disciples left him to follow Jesus, if God has chosen another to be their teacher after you guide them to Christ, be humble, step back and with grace surrender your students to the other.

Prayer: Please bless me Jesus Rabbi (Jesus our teacher) with the wisdom, patience and skill like you had to teach others the marvelous things You have done in my life. In Your brilliant name I humbly ask. Amen

May you be blessed with Gods divine love, peace and joy.

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    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR

      teacherjoe52 

      5 years ago

      Good morning cherished little sisters.

      I like your description shofarcall. Thank you.

      Thank you for your gracious compliment Blossom.

      Yes MsDora we need to teach in simple easy to understand, like your Creole and then allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.

      May you be blessed with many opportunities to be great sowers.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Teacher Joe, it seems that they go hand in hand. We really ought not forget the teaching portion. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      You have written this so well and your point is really important. Thank you for the reminder.

    • shofarcall profile image

      shofarcall 

      5 years ago

      Hi teacherjoe.

      Yes, we are called to be midwives, nursing mothers but only for a time. Only until the convert clearly understands the gospel and the message therein and then we need to have the confidence too, to allow the Holy Spirit to do the work which is His own. As Holy Spirit HAS led me and I am sure, you, so He leads others too if we will only get out of the way. Matt. 13 is very clear on the role of the sower. It is our task to sow the word. Ensure the gospel is understood and be a sister or brother in Christ. Holy Spirit is our teacher. Amen. God Bless.

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