I teach the Bible!
That is what I do, and what I have done for most of my life now. Please understand, 'teacher' is not who I am, nor is my desire to get an identity out of what I do. I never have and to this day, do not WANT to teach the Bible. Rather, it is a compulsion than a desire.
That is because to be quite honest, it is such a scary thing to claim that you are teaching for God, His perfect Word! That is a major OUCH to the ego of anyone who would want to claim the office of teacher.
I do, however, love the fruit of what God accomplishes by using such mere human vessels to deliver life-changing truths to His people. In 1 Timothy 1, Paul put the goal of the teacher in plain form:
'The goal of our instruction is FAITH' = we want people to trust God. To take Him at His Word and learn of His goodness toward them.
Second, our goal is to produce love. First and foremost is the desire for people to have love for God. But the instant by-product of that is, of course, love for people. What an amazing thing to ponder, that people by trusting God become lovers of people and thus create a glorious community of faith that becomes a safe harbor for those who endure such a harsh and victimizing world.
And because that is so glorious, we want to thus teach from a pure heart, "katharos" = clean. The word was used of an army that had been purified of all its cowardly men so that only true soldiers remain. A pure heart is a heart that is "unmixed" with anything else.
This is why I teach.... to see people come to know God by faith so that they will become lovers, and live before God with clean hearts. That is real LIFE and makes for very real living. This is what I seek, it is of course, not what I always experience. I allow the world and sin to clutter my mind and behavior, WAY TOO MUCH, but that is my goal, for my life and for the lives of all who choose to listen!
I would put it this way, sadly, I ALWAYS preach a better message than I live but my heart is always to preach a message that accomplishes faith, and love, from a pure heart.
Just wanted you to know...