Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
(James 3:1 NIV)
While in the faculty of education, I was taught that I’d take my profession with me wherever I went. In other words, even when I wasn’t teaching, I was still expected to act in a professional manner. Being a teacher is a wonderful thing, but as many teachers can testify, it comes with a great responsibility. James tells us that because teachers of the Word have such great influence, they’re going to be held more accountable. As a classroom teacher and teacher of the Word, I know how true that is. One of the things I learned to do early in my teaching career was pray that I’d set a positive example–by speech and action–to my students, practicing what I preach, just as Jesus did.
Teachers have great influence and great responsibility.