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Step Three

Romans 12:3-8
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For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of
yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with
sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to
each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members,
and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we
who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the
others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a
mans gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith; 7 if it
is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is
encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of
others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern
diligently; if is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:3-8 (Life Application Study Bible) was one of the first
passages that came to mind when I began thinking about teaching. It
was also one of the first passages that I ruled out as a teaching
philosophy. My last desire is to look at these verses and say, Here!
My gift is teaching! Im going to teach! Rather, I want to look at the
humility and gifts highlighted in these passages. This verse has been
shaping for me in the past years and I am happy to find that it is
something I can apply to teaching as well.
One of the ways in which this verse has been influential to me is
considering the ways in which believers make up the body of Christ.
We are many members, and together we have the function of serving
Him with our gifts. A key part in that service comes from discovering
and knowing our gifts. This is something I want to focus on as I teach
giving students the opportunity to know their strengths. Regardless of
if they choose them to further the kingdom of God, which I truly hope
they do, I believe that all students deserve to know that they are gifted
and have purpose. As Graham states in, Teaching Redemptively, An
adequate Christian understanding of the purpose for education must
then be built on an adequate Christian understanding of the purpose of

life. (2009a). There is difficulty in this perspective in considering how


this would change based on the type of school in which I teach. In a
public school, I would not be able to openly discuss these students
purpose in Christ, but I hope consistent behavior and pursuit of Christ
will be evident to my students no matter the type of school.
Two ways in which I hope to be consistent and portray Christ are
also found in Romans 12:3-8. Verse 8 talks about leading diligently
and showing mercy joyfully. I believe that todays world is constantly
changing in society and in families as well. I know as a teacher, that
some of my students will come from homes that are torn apart or offer
no type of consistency or support for them. These situations may bring
challenges in their learning style but also in their behavior. I desire
that my classroom would be a place of variety in the learning but
consistency in the actions and attitudes. As a teacher, leading
diligently and showing mercy are going to be two inevitable practices.
So as I pray that as I lead, I will do so diligently always striving so
that learners can have a productive learning environment and rich
lessons. As I show mercy, I desire to do it joyfully with a joy that
evidently comes from Christ. I want to strive to do both of these
things with consistency, reinforcing these actions in my classroom and
modeling Christ like behavior for students each day (Graham, 2009b).
Although I cannot be certain now, I hope that as I grow in these
practices, my students will as well. I pray they will be drawn to the
Christ in me and they will desire to know more about a relationship and
purpose in Him.
People have regularly asked me what I want to be when I grow
up and Im used to responding with teacher. People rarely ask,
however, why I want to teach. Before, I thought it was some long off
goal for when Im a grown up. Im quickly realizing however, that the
long off is actually soon. My desire to help students understand who
they are in life (and ultimately in Christ) and to give them a consistent
environment in which they can well drive my passion for teaching.

Works Cited
Graham, D. (2009a). Teaching redemptively: Bringing grace and truth
into your classroom. Colorado Springs:
Purposeful Design, p. 49.
Graham, D. (2009b). Teaching redemptively: Bringing grace and truth into
your classroom. Purposeful
Design Publications. Kindle Edition, p. 19.
Life Application Study Bible: New International Version. 2005. (1902) Carol
Stream, IL:
Tyndale.