38. FOR TEACHERS YOUNG AND OLD

(from St Paul: 1 Timothy 4:7-16)

Train yourselves spiritually.

Physical exercises are useful enough, but the usefulness of spirituality is unlimited, since it holds out the reward of life here and now and of the future life as well; that is a saying which you can rely on and nobody should doubt it.

I mean that the point of our toiling and battling is, that we have put our trust in the Living God and He is the Saviour of the whole human race, and particularly of believers. This is what you are to enforce in your teaching.

Do not let people disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all the believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity.

Make use of your time until I arrive by reading to the people, preaching and teaching. You have in you a spiritual gift which was given to you when the prophets spoke and the body of the elders laid their hands on you; do not let it lie unused.

Think hard about all this, and put it into practice, and everyone will be able to see how you are advancing. Take care about what you do and what you teach; always do this, and in this way you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.