Get Off the Bleachers!
Are you on the bleachers? We need teachers. What? You do not know how to teach? Get off the bleachers and we will teach how to teach. You can’t teach a class of students? That is fine. Get off the bleachers and teach your neighbor? What? You do not know how to teach a Bible study? I will show you, but you have to get off the bleachers. As it is written,
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5.11–14).
Surely you can just show someone a passage of Scripture! If they have a question about it, you might be surprised by the answer you give. You probably know more than what you think you do. How about doing something kind for your neighbor first, to get his or her attention.
A friend of mine wrote the following limerick about Hebrews 5.14,
By this time you all should have been teachers,
but you still haven’t learned gospel features.
Take a hint from your friends,
Here’s how you make amends.
Study up and then get off the bleachers.
You will not regret having made that decision, but you will be glad for the heavenly decision you made, and that you can bring others along by getting off the bleachers and becoming a teacher. DR