When you look at the account of Apollos in Acts chapter 18 when he encounters Priscilla and Aquila we read he was eloquent ,well versed in the scriptures , he had gifting and a audience and yet he was willing to be humble to receive help and encouragement to grow in both his knowledge and gifting. What we see here is a clear picture of a man with a teachable spirit . We read.......
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
What could he have done?* He could of resisted the help and hospitality offered and said I'm doing just fine thank you very much
* He could have thought I'm doing good and not embraced the chance to see his usefulness go from good to great.
This prompted some great discussion among us What would it take for us to act in the same way as Apollos when provided with an opportunity to grow? How would we react to friends taking us aside to point out deficiencies that might hinder us being all we can be for God?
Firstly we agreed that it would be crucial to know that those seeking to help us were for us . I wonder if you have someone in your life that is willing to tell you the truth about you? Whose heart is so for you that they will lovingly point out ways you could grow and things you could learn to be an even better you for God and yourself ? If you do that is a true friend and valuable relationship indeed. Treasure such a friend. I have said many times that I allow someone only the right to speak into my correction ear if they have first spoken in to my encouragement ear a number of times.....That's a good test to see if they are really for you!
Secondly we must be those who welcome such loving advice and care and take time to consider it both personally and biblically to see just how God want's to grow us and teach us through their loving and caring advice and honesty.
Look at the following description of Apollos after taking on board their helpful teaching and advice...
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
Take a big note of the word great in those verses ...He was "A Great help"
A teachable spirit is I believe one of the most valuable assets to us and helps us take Gods good work in us and put it to Gods great use through us.
Later this week we will consider some others from Gods word who had a teachable spirit and how they to prospered greatly.
Hey!....Do yourself a favour and cultivate a teachable spirit...... and find encouraging friends and let them speak into your life . I promise it will be a great blessing.even if its a little odd at first.