Yes we must prepare. But the effectiveness of what we share is not solely dependent on the quality or depth of our preparation.
The recipients of the book of Hebrews had been believers long enough that they should have been teaching others. They were not. The writer says that they had need to be taught the basics of the Christian life again. Then in Hebrews 6:3, he qualifies his ability to make a difference by teaching those believers, "…if God permits." This is echoed in 2 Timothy 2:24 – 25. Note how the Lord’s bond servant is described
- Not quarrelsome
- Kind to all
- Able to teach
- Patient when wronged
- Correcting gently
We prep, we teach gently, using the Word of God which has been described in 2 Timothy 3:14 – 17, as the means of instruction, rebuke, correction, and training in righteousness. But it is the intervention of God in those we teach, whether it be our kids or the person on the other side of the table at the coffee shop, the small group member, or the Sunday school class that really makes the difference.
So prep then pray for God’s intervention.