Teachability Meter - Acts 18

Thoughts from the Sycomore’s weekly reading of Acts…

18:24 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.  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.

 

When young people ask me what I think is the one trait that they should be looking for in their future spouse, my response to them is not what they usually expect.  BTW, when I ask them what they look for, interestingly enough, they say—funny.  They want someone who will make them laugh.  When they ask me again, I tell them that that’s exactly what they should be looking for.  They usually respond, huh funny?!  I tell them, “no, someone who is WILLING.”  People can seem refined or elegant in speech or mannerism or dynamic in their leadership or even funny.  However, if they’re not willing to go further than where they are or unwilling to make the necessary adjustment to stop being a certain way, red flags go up for me.

 Of all the descriptors of this very impressive man name Apollos (learned, thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, ability to teach with great fervor, boldness, etc.), the most notable one to me is one that’s not specifically named, but so clearly demonstrated in his response to Priscilla and Aquila when they invited him to their home so that they could explain the way of God more adequately.  Teach-ability.  And at the core of his teachable heart, is a willingness to not only learn, but to recognize and surrender to authority.  What’s so impressive is that as willing as he was to “be taught,” he could just as easily have responded in a completely opposite way—he was already recognized as a person of authority and was already powerfully involved in “ministry.”  When we look for future spouses, or team members, or leaders in general, we tend to look for the most conventionally sought after traits.  I don’t see anything wrong with those traits.  However, if they’re not teachable or have a willing heart, it wouldn’t be long before those amazing traits begin to buckle under the strains of life.  It’s so easy to say that we’re teachable when the words spoken are easy to listen to.  It’s when the most difficult things are spoken into our lives (whether it’s in a life-giving manner or not) that we discover how teachable we really are. It makes so much sense to me to pay special attention to someone regarding their teachable or willing heart because ultimately, God Himself has always sought after them.  It’s time to check out “teachability-meter.”  #desiringGod2017

 Love, Sam