I heard something very wise today when our church minister told me that the whole way he thought about his work changed when he realised he deeply loved the people in his church.
From that moment on he ceased to be a bible teacher, but a pastor who teaches the bible. A true shepherd, a lover of his flock who wants the best for them. A man who sees people, not projects and whose love drives him to serve them the best he could.
That kind of attitude reminds me more of Jesus and, sadly, less of myself. Why do I teach the bible? What is my motivation?
Let's not be bible teachers, but pastors who teach the bible.