99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
As most of us know, God has called some to be teachers and the Bible reveals this as a spiritual gift for the purpose of equipping the members of the church. One thing that is often overlooked is that teachers are not our source for knowledge or understanding. According to 1 John 2:20-28, each person who belongs to Christ has the anointing of the Holy Spirit and is not dependent on anyone for understanding.
The true role of a teacher is to equip the believer for ministry, bring new disciples to the point of obedience to Christ, and to constantly remind the church of God’s principles so we don’t forget and let them slip. A teacher’s role is not to create dependents. The Apostle Paul criticized one of the churches for being dependent upon teachers when they should have matured into teachers themselves. He called anyone who was unskilled in the word a baby in Christ. For some, they became perpetual infants.
Yet an interesting thing happens when God’s people take the word in their hearts and seek to understand truth. God opens their eyes and reveals more. As we receive the instruction of the Spirit, God gives a deeper understanding. Hence the promise and warning, “To Him who has, more will be given, but to the one who doesn’t have, what he does have will be taken away.”
Why would God take away from the person lacking? It goes back to the situation where people are perpetually infants. They are given the same instructions again and again, but they still never learn. The reason people don’t learn is that they don’t see the real value of truth.
When Jesus preached to the multitudes, only a handful of people came to Him afterwards. The multitudes heard the word, but they walked away. They might have been inspired, but they did nothing with it. When the disciples came to Jesus afterward, they said, “Lord, tell us the meaning of this parable.” Just to make sure you know, there were more than twelve disciples. At one point Jesus sent seventy disciples out to teach. But the closest disciples later became the twelve apostles. Twelve had a special calling, but all were equipped to understand and at least seventy were called to teach the word.
After they came to Jesus seeking understanding, Jesus made an interesting statement, “To you who are on the inside it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom. But to those outside, it is not given.”
What’s the difference between the insiders and the outsiders? Where were the outsiders? They could have come, but they chose not to seek understanding. They were satisfied with being inspired and entertained, but they did not cry out for understanding. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
In Jesus’ day, those who hungered came to seek more. Today we can also see who hungers. Those who hunger will hear the word and seek understanding. They will continue with the Lord and seek the word. They will ask teachers for a fuller explanation and will compare what is being taught to scripture. As they seek, God reveals. As God reveals, they will grow in understanding until they get to the point where they learn more than their teachers. As a teacher myself, the highest goal is to see people grow beyond dependence and become those who are taught by God through His word.
Those on the outside have crowded lives. TV robs them of time with God, as does jobs, recreation, and other things. It’s God’s desire to reveal Himself to you and make you wiser than your teachers. We have the promise of the Holy Spirit – He will guide you into all truth. He anoints you with understanding.
Don’t allow life to lure you away from the importance of spending time with God and getting to know Him through the word. When the word becomes sweeter than honey, you are on the road to exploring the depths of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to be on the inside of faith and experience the fullness of God.