Saturday, 12th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 18:23-28
Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
If there is one thing I have grown up knowing, it is the fact that learning in classroom of life never stops. It is a continuous process that must not be interrupted because from the very moment it is, one gets left out and behind.
Regardless, one of the things we often consciously or unconsciously find ourselves doing is to stand back and watch unconcerned while others attempt to live off the knowledge they ‘claim’ to possess, especially when we know with certainty that their knowledge is inadequate and will lead only to a dead end. Almost as though we are ready to watch them get in really neck deep or in trouble.
One of the most difficult words to speak out by ourselves while others listen is : ‘I don’t know’ because it seems an insult to our own intelligence by making us out as ignorant people. Yet, we seem oblivious of the reality that a sure way to be taught is to admit our lack of knowledge and not allow our pride and ego to get the better of us, thereby locking us out of the riches of knowledge others have to offer.
Aquilla and Priscilla could have stood back and watched Apollos speak of what he knew because he was doing a good job. However, when they noticed a missing link in his knowledge, they took him in and helped to fill it in. There were no indications of a contention to teach or to be taught, thus pointing us to some traits of good discipleship: ‘teaching or correcting in love and a teachable heart’.
My dear, possessing a teachable spirit doesn’t make you a pushover, it rather opens you up to new and alternate perspectives about life and even helps to grow our relationship with God, so stay teachable.
Remember # it is better to show you don’t know, so you can be taught than to pretend you know and live in ignorance.