Editor’s Note: This is an article from the June 24, 1985 Worldwide News by Dexter H. Faulkner. It emphasizes the reason for our calling and some of what we should be doing to prepare for that calling. If we truly begin to literally prepare to be teachers in the World Tomorrow we would automatically be opening the door to Christ to teach us now.
It was the first day of the college semester, and I sat in the history classroom with several other bored people waiting for the instructor to arrive. This was a required history class, so many of us were there only because we had to be.
As the desks filled with students, I flipped halfheartedly through my new textbooks.
“Good afternoon, class. Welcome to history 101.” Startled by his booming voice, we watched our instructor purposefully stride to his • desk, books and papers in his arms.
After depositing them and himself, he planted his elbows on the desk and steadily looked around the room. His blue eyes seemed to study each one of us individually as he checked the role.
Did everyone have his or her textbooks? Whose name was not on the role? Did all have copies of the class schedules? Within a matter of minutes his whirlwind personality had engulfed Us.
“All right, people. You’ve got a large amount of material to cover this semester. But I’m going to be working a lot harder during this course than you are. That’s a promise! So let’s get going.”
He kept his promise too. He was always on time and always prepared. And even though he was three times our age, he was the liveliest, most enthusiastic person in the room. Actually, he was all over the room. From his desk to the board to the map stand to sitting in the front row and waving his arms to emphasize a point.
He had traveled in many areas of the world and showed us slides and told us innumerable stories of his adventures to prove it. The people, the politics, the culture of the past came to life for us.
Have you ever had a teacher like that? A teacher who has so much impact on your life that you can never forget him or her? I’ve had a few, and I’m sure most of you have as well.
The teachers in our lives, whether they be our parents or grandparents, or high school or college instructors, have shaped and molded us far more than we realize. For better or worse, much of what we are today is based on their training and example:
How about you? Pastor General Herbert W. Armstrong continues to emphasize that our goal and special calling is to become teachers in the world tomorrow. Over and over he asks: “Are you people getting it? Do you really understand your calling?”
Well, do we? Do we really?
God wants every one of us to be an even better teacher than the one described above. What do you think it takes to become a teacher like that?
Desire to be a teacher
First of all, and here’s where many of us have a problem, you’ve got to want to become what God has called you to be — a ruler and a teacher. Along with fulfilling the commission of announcing to the world God’s soon-coming Kingdom, we’ve got to make preparing to rule and teach one of the primary priorities in life.
The teacher I described (let’s call him Bill) was not in God’s Church. Yet he knew more about what was going on in the world than most of us. He read several newspapers and newsmagazines daily and weekly He looked for trends culturally, socially and politically that might affect his world in the future. And he passed along that information to us, encouraging us to do the same.
Bill had prepared himself with years of education before he began teaching. (By the way, he never missed one class session all through college.) But his education didn’t stop there; it continued right on.
He read and reread books pertaining to history. He attended seminars and conferences to glean from others in his field what they had experienced and learned. He traveled to further his personal experience with the cultures and peoples of other areas.
Know the doctrines
Brethren, again, do we really understand our calling? Are we 100 percent committed to preparing for it? Are we reading all the Church’s literature? Could we explain the doctrines of the Church to others if we were called upon to do so?
None of us know exactly how much time we have to prepare to be teachers. No matter how old or young we are our lives could, be snuffed out at any moment. Our human lives are extremely fragile — like the wild flowers of the field, God says. Here for only a short time.
Are we redeeming the time, God has given us to absorb His Word, and to put into daily practice His commandments? To be the most credible, convincing teachers, We must be thoroughly convinced ourselves. We must be applying His laws and learning through our own personal experience that God’s way works.
“For every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14, Revised Standard Version).
When opportunities to “give an answer” (I Peter 3:15) come up, we shouldn’t feel incompetent to explain the Church’s doctrines. Let’s make a goal right now before the summer is over to read one of Mr. Armstrong’s basic booklets or to go back over the Bible Correspondence Course and chain reference the pertinent scriptures in pur Bibles so that we know and know that we know how to explain the particular doctrine covered.
Practice explaining it to your mate or your children. If you’re single, encourage a friend or relative to make the same goal and practice explaining the doctrines to one another.
As soon as you’re sure.that you can explain that doctrine, go on to another. If you’re unsure about a point, ask your minister.
Use your family Bible studies to best advantage. Spark your family conversations at the dinner table. Be able to advise and guide your children from God’s Word.
Analyze your life and your activities. What are your priorities? How much time are you spending teaching or preparing to teach? Pare down the nonessentials. Like Bill, be totally Committed to your calling. And then maybe we can hear Mr. Armstrong say, “Brethren, you’ve finally gotten it.”
And we can look forward to Jesus Christ’s words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).