Teaching is the imparting of knowledge while the aim of training is to develop skill which requires implementing and practice for the pupil to be equipped and proficient. Training is fundamental to success and goes hand in hand with discipline – they supplement or reinforce the other.

Your present situation, however undesirable, is part of God’s preparation for future service and ministry so don’t treat it lightly or irresponsibly (Job 5:17; Rom 8:28). We are in training for reigning in His Kingdom (2 Tim 2:12; Rev 5:10, 22:5).  Learn your lessons well so you can advance in His personal development program for you and also be able to instruct others (2 Tim 2:2; Heb 5:11-6:2).

Personal training

Apply yourself willingly and be prepared for when your opportunity arrives.  Learn by asking questions, observing, working with others and having the courage to ‘have a go’. Even if you repeatedly fail you learn by these experiences. Both

Look for opportunities for practical training to                                                         improve your skills

motivation and self-discipline are required to reach any worthwhile goal (1 Cor 9:25). There is always a cost involved.

The best way of learning and retaining information is by putting into practice what has been taught through practical application – going and doing! Theory is of little value unless translated into reality, complete with follow-up and reporting back (Mk 6:7-13; Lk 9:1-6, 10:1-20). Goal setting, correction, discipline, encouragement and accountability are all part of training and lead to gaining experience. While having something to aim at in the distant future, the main focus of our attention should be on the present. 

As Christians we have the Bible and the divine wisdom of the Holy Spirit to assist us as we grow in our faith. Like an eagle teaching its young to fly, God will stretch us beyond our comfort zone but this is the only way to advance (Deut 32:11). We need to discern the Lord’s purposes and use His methods for doing His work otherwise it is not be acceptable to Him (2 Tim 2:5, 3:16,17; Jas 1:5). He is both captain and coach so we can rely on Him to train us.  David said when faced with a new challenge, ‘I can't use these implements, I haven't proved them, but I have a vital relationship with God, and a record of past success’ (1 Sam 17:33-50). His confidence was in God, not things.

Christians are constantly in training even in the midst of spiritual battles. Without training everyone does their own thing, there is no discipline or working to a master plan, and the venture is easily overcome. If there is no structured guidance new believers can fall into deception and heresy.

Learn from everyone – either a good virtue                               to copy or a fault to avoid

However, those who are trained become informed, equipped, disciplined, and prepared to run the course of life with faith. 

Training others                                           

1/. Part of being a good leader is to train a suitable replacement for yourself – circumstances change and it is sound policy to be actively recruiting and training others.  By developing others you will ensure a smooth transition when, for whatever reason, you are no longer in the leadership position.

2/. “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they won't depart from it” (Prov 22:6; Eph 6:4).  Although this is not an infallible guarantee, it is a sound parenting principle. Specific requests or instructions should focus on the positive visualization in the mind – ‘play nicely with your toys’ rather than the negative ‘don’t throw your toys’.

See also: application, comfort zone, disciple/discipleship, discipline, follow-up, instruction, leaders/leadership, learning, mentor, outworking, teach, theory.


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