One of my favorite teachers was my freshmen Algebra teacher. Math and I have a love-hate relationship. You may love it; I do not. What made this teacher awesome was his love, patience, and willingness to get down on his students’ level to make sure everyone in the class understood the concept before moving on. The other 18 freshmen could figure out what X equals, but yours truly would be lost in space. This teacher would stop the lesson and work with just me. Then when it finally clicked, he would move on. Other teachers were more like: “Tough cookies, Clark, we’re moving on without you.”
When Jesus taught, he showed a similar love and patience. One of Jesus’ enemies, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, came to Jesus with some questions. Jesus showed him love and patience, even when key concepts went right over Nicodemus’ head. Jesus found common ground—the Bible. He said this to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up” (John 3:14). As someone well versed in the Old Testament, Nicodemus knew about the bronze snake recorded in Numbers 21. Just as folks who looked to that snake were saved from the deadly bite, so too all who look to Jesus as their Savior are eternally saved from the venom of sin. Nicodemus left the Teacher a changed man.
Perhaps there is someone you know who could use some love and patience. Whom could you teach today?