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My Favorite Teacher
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Do you enjoy learning unusual facts? I find what some call trivia, to be idea producing. Often these facts prod me to do some secular/spiritual comparisons. I did this when I read David Hoffman’s little book, Who Knew? (Fine Publications 2000).

The last page of Hoffman’s book notes, “On the average, we forget about 80 percent of what we read on any given day.” That fact might make one consider why bother to read anything if one retains so little? Then, I thought of my favorite teacher. Professor H. Spirit is His name. His track record holds a better percentage. Jesus Christ, known as Rabbi (teacher), when He lived among us, promised this in John 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth… (emphasis supplied). All—that’s 100 percent!

Jesus’ promise offers assurance that we can retain what the Holy Spirit teaches us. Therefore, it’s urgent to pray for the Holy Spirit to be manifest in our lives. Then, as we study the Word, we in turn become teachers, sharing what we learn.

Worth of Their Profession

Any teacher is pleased, when a student who is entrusted to him or her hears the words, “I want to be a teacher.” Teachers realize the worth of their profession: molding lives. How much more is Professor H. Spirit cheered when His students apply what they learn in His classes, and go forth shaping lives unto salvation.

In another book Steps to Christ by Ellen White, I read, “One may read the whole Bible through and yet fail to, see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning.” (page 90). It’s not until we realize that unless we absorb the tutoring of Professor H. Spirit, that we comprehend heavenly things. That book continues, “The Spirit of truth is the only effectual teacher of divine truth.” (page 91). That can only be true because of what Jesus said of the Holy Spirit as a teacher, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14).

That trivia about the pitiful percentage of retained secular learning isn’t an overblown figure. Actually, we’re fortunate to learn the 20 percent given present-day distractions. Yet in the spiritual realm, there’s a brighter outlook. In another book written by Ellen White, Testimonies to Ministers (page 119) (you don’t have to be a minister to read it), “The Holy Spirit can teach us more in one moment than can be learned from great men.”(emphasis supplied)  That should give anyone the incentive to sign up for Professor H. Spirit’s classes. We already know our G.P.A. (grade point average) will be a perfect 4.0, if we heed our teacher. Instead of a diploma, we’ll receive a crown of life and hear Jesus say, “Well done good and faithful servant...” (Matthew 25:23).

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the
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