Train ’em

Concept of education or back to school on green background

“What if we train them and they don’t stay? What if they stay and we don’t train them?”

This little statement I learned a lifetime ago while at a training conference for the business in which I was working.

20 years later and a completely different business reminded me of the importance of this little adage.  How can we possibly think that “good” customer service or professionalism can be accomplished without a thorough training process?

This is behind everything in life.  The military has something called basic training after all, seriously, can you imagine sending men to a battle without training?

How much more should this be in Christian life?  In the training of our children?  How about the training of the nations?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…  Matthew 28:19

or look at how King James says it, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations… 

Let’s teach them, let’s teach our children, let’s teach our friends, let’s teach our neighbors and let’s teach all those that will listen.

Why?  Is it because we are concerned about our customers?  Well, yes, perhaps…  We are certainly concerned about lost souls and we need to have a concern that others must know the way of truth and the path which leads to it.

And teaching not only begins with others, but it also concerns ourselves.   We are taught by God and that teaching results in teaching others.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Psalm 27:11

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.  Psalm 51:13

Oh, the benefits of instruction are for us all and especially for our own souls.  Let us not forget that learning, teaching, and training should never end.   It should never end for us, for our children, for the church and for those around us.


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