Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
Apostle James is addressing religious teachers and leaders. However, his message is relevant to all teachers, religious and non-religious. Apostle James tells us that, not many of us should become teachers.
Not many should become teachers for one serious reason. Teachers will be judged more strictly compared to others. Where there is strict judgment there are high chances of failure. To avoid the risk of judgment, avoid the teaching career and responsibility. Not many of us should become teachers.
Teachers will be judged strictly because they have a high responsibility to teach others. If others get lost teachers will be blamed. To a serious extent teachers are held accountable for the final fate of those, they should have guided but did not. Not many of us should become teachers.
“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.
But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Much has been given to teachers. Much knowledge. Much wisdom. Much authority. Much trust. Much influence. Whoever has been given much, much will be demanded from them. Not many of us should become teachers!
You are a teacher to those who admire you openly and secretly. You are a teacher for young children. You are a teacher by appointment or by virtue of your position in an organization or in someone’s life. Not many of us should become teachers!
James is using this extreme advice to awaken all leaders and people in positions of responsibility. James wants us to wake up to the reality that we have a heavy God-given responsibility to positively influence people. James demands that we should positively influence people or else we shall be subject to divine doom. We should be careful since somehow every one of us is a teacher. Not many of us should become teachers.
James is telling us that teaching positions or leadership, in general, should be carefully accepted since the judgment will be strict. The position of teaching and leadership should not be fought for since it carries a strict judgment. Power struggles are contrary to God’s will and are counterproductive to those involved. Power struggles may eventually turn out to harm you if you get power contrary to God’s will since you won’t do it right and on judgment day you will be condemned. Avoid power struggles at all costs. Think carefully before accepting a position of responsibility. Pray and be sure God wants you to be a leader/teacher. Not many of you should become teachers.
Thank you, God, for making each of us a teacher in one way or the other. Help us to be faithful in our teaching responsibilities. Save us from power struggles and assignments that you have not approved so that they do not become a curse against us. In Jesus’s name, Amen!