"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation" (James 3:1).
Just when I started to feel good about my teaching abilities as a homeschooling parent, God's Word challenged me again. After reading Romans 12:7 and 1 Corinthians 12:29, I realized that teaching was more than a job. It was a spiritual gift that James 3:1 says is subject to God's stricter judgment. Knowing this, validating the accuracy of what I was teaching became of utmost importance. Someday the Lord would hold me accountable for what I had taught my children about Him, and I wanted to prove myself as an unashamed teacher when handling the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 3:16).
As I looked to the Bible for examples of great teachers, the life of Moses stood out to me. Because Moses had done so much to help the people of Israel know their God, I could never understand why he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why couldn't God cut Moses a little slack when he failed to speak to the rock as God commanded (Numbers 20:8-13)? Meditating on this, I realized that Moses was held accountable with a stricter judgment because he was a teacher, as well as a leader. His disobedience affected not only him, but all the people who looked to him for wisdom and knowledge in following God.
As a homeschooling parent, do you realize the importance of correctly teaching your child the Word of God? Your child may receive scriptural teaching in church and Sunday school, but his foundational understanding of God will come from your biblical knowledge. No one knows all the answers, but you must be prepared to teach God's Word. Teaching the Bible requires time, effort, and serious lesson preparation. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more" (Luke 12:48b).
Lord, thank You for the gift of teaching You have placed on my life. Give me wisdom to understand Your Word, so I can impart its truths to my children. Help me to make the Bible the first subject to study in our homeschooling day. In the name of Jesus, Amen.