The students are now more than halfway through with the semester. This is the second of three semesters, but it is the longest of them all. Starting in January and stretching all the way to mid July. How are the students doing? Some would say they are excelling while others would say that they are grinding.
They begin the morning with teaching and discussion on the book of Revelation! Learning how to teach and study one of the more intimidating or confusing books in the Scriptures. Next would be the breaking down and dissecting of languages. What the rules are, and why they are important? Lastly we have curriculum development, which is exactly what it sounds like. However, it is the fundamentals of how to create and teach Bible lessons to a foreign language and culture.
Wow, are these spread apart or what? In fact sometimes it can seem easy to get bogged down in the monotony of these seemingly mundane subjects. Though these tasks of grammar, language learning, and lesson development are more nitty gritty than attractive, we can also see that they are absolutely necessary for clear communication. Especially as it involves presenting the Gospel where it has never gone before. Some of the students thoroughly enjoy all the grammar side of things, while others are highly excited for the teaching aspect of things.
God has created us all with fantastic strengths! For me, when I hear this a question often follows: If we have God given strengths, can that also mean we have God given weaknesses? If that is true, what then can that entail?
Am I good enough?
Well, in all actuality, no.
No, I am not good enough for this. None of us are. To have all the traits it takes to accomplish such a substantial task like this would be incredible. So incredible that you wouldn’t need God at all! That is interesting! The continuation of these courses just asks that question more and more, am I good enough? This shows us our dependency for the rest of the Body of Christ. Even more is the absolute need for Christ and His power to work through us.
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.Colossians 1:28-29
We are growing in our confidence of our God given strengths and giftings. While also understanding more of the areas we will need our fellow co-workers. Wherever the God given weaknesses are, God’s grace will be sufficient for us.
In 2 Corinthians Paul exposes his God given weaknesses and even boasts in all of his weaknesses! We also have significant struggles just as Paul. We are learning these in a controlled environment, where we can assess and observe. Having the opportunity to do this before we are working over seas and before we find our place in the ministry, is a great privilege! It is from our weaknesses that we can see where God MUST WORK in order to get the gospel translated and given to the unreached people.