I was sitting in a long lecture hall in college the first time I heard the word “objective”. In education lingo, that means thinking way ahead to the target of what you want your student to know by the time you’re done teaching the lesson, and it has to be demonstrable.
The objective is written first.
Then the teacher backs way up and decides what process needs to happen to reach the objective. And teachers don’t blink their eyes at creating a whole lotta work to get a student from point A to point B. Teachers don’t care if students are gonna tip their heads back and whine like little babies.
Like when I told my students today that they were going to learn 50 Spanish verbs before Christmas.
Let ‘em weep.
Jesus says our Father in heaven is a teacher (see Matthew 23:8). Do you know what our Teacher’s objective is? You really should know this, because he’s one of those really good, determined teachers who pulls and pushes and makes you learn stuff.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)
What was the first thing God created? An objective.
Here’s a question that should make you squirm a bit:
Can you imagine how much transformation there is between blameful and blameless. Mmmmhm.
There’s a whole lotta work to do here.