START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Saturday 1st June, 2019

Reference text: Acts 18:22-28

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: when Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him home, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Lovers of football will be familiar with the ‘Tiki Taka’ of Barcelona and the ‘Gegenpress’ of Liverpool. In recent times, while both tactics have changed the modern game in many aspects, in their early stages, they seemed ‘repetitive and fruitless’. Amidst the many imperfections however, managers pressed on and perfected these tactics with great effect.
Bottom line: no concept or idea is born already perfected.

Apollos, the main character of today’s text, only knew about the Baptism of John. Thus, we could say his knowledge of the way of the Lord had a lot of gaps and missing links. Regardless, he is described as an eloquent man and an authority in the scripture. Therefore, by combining these two sources, he could teach diligently about Jesus. As I studied Apollos, one thing that came to mind was ‘If we always wait to be perfected before taking a step, we will miss out on many opportunities to make a difference in our world’.

Sometimes, it is recommended that one makes no move until things are perfected, until after a thorough assessment and acquisition of all necessary resources for a venture. However, what we see in today’s text involved taking a bold step forward even when some imperfection was present. We observe that there was a pool of scriptural knowledge from which Apollos taught, hence, his ability to teach correctly.

Beloved, knowledge of the Word, is knowledge of God. Thus, even though Apollos had no significant experiential knowledge of Jesus, He knew the scriptures and that made a difference.
When he moved, the gaps in his knowledge were filled and his knowledge of the Lord was perfected. Sometimes, we have to consider starting with what we have as that is almost always enough to start. We then need to remain open to being taught and learning as we move along for that is how imperfections can be worked on towards perfection.

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