1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1
Do you remember one who influenced you?
Was it in a positive or negative way?
Are you old enough to remember when the position of "Teacher" garnered respect and honor?
It was especially true in James' day; many were eager to be teachers because this was a place of status, and they were status-seekers.
We are in a series called "Antidote", how we need a substance which can counteract the poisoning which comes from the Lust of the flesh - passion, pleasure; Lust of the eyes - possessions, materialism; and the Pride of life - position, status.
James is trying to confront the "pride of life" head on!
As he is saying this, I can just imagine him replaying this scene in his mind:
1Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
2The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. 3So obey everything they teach you, but don't do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.
James confront duplicity so often…be consistent!
4They pile heavy burdens on people's shoulders and won't lift a finger to help. 5Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels for everyone to see. 6They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. 7And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers. 8But none of you should be called a teacher. You have only one teacher, and all of you are like brothers and sisters. 9Don't call anyone on earth your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven. 10None of you should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader. 11Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. 12If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.
Jesus loves His bride so much! He won't tolerate a servant, in charge of the Master's treasure, who's is going to use her for their benefit. That is why those who teach, lead, or shepherd will be held to a higher standard, because He loves His bride!
I am honored be one of those servants. Please pray for me and the other servants of FOTH that we will come humbly, with a healthy fear of Him, we will tremble before his Word, and genuinely love people.