We have heard it said, “a little knowledge is dangerous”. Sometimes that is true if this little knowledge is accompanied by an unteachable spirit. When training volunteer small group leaders, I remind them that a teacher is a life long learner. The pure definition of “teacher” by the Greeks is “one who learns”. We must continue to dig deeper because we can only take those in our care as far in the Word of Truth as we have been. So, prayer, study and meditation of the Word BEFORE we attempt to tell someone else about Jesus is mandatory if we want others to grow to tell someone else. Ministry is an exponential process. We must always remain teachable as a teacher.
Will we ever have it all down, know it so well, that we stop learning? NO! Every time we enter into a relationship that involves communication with God through His Holy Spirit as we read AND listen to His Word, He teaches us something new that our tiny human minds did not realize before coming before Him with open hearts and minds.
As we work to know more, He blesses us with more to “chew on”, more in which to change in our lives, along with a pouring out of blessings because we spent time with Him, our Father in Heaven. Jesus made a way for us to do this. Don’t take it lightly. He suffered, died, rose again so that we may sit down each morning and listen to HIm speak volumes to us through His Word. Jesus, our Messiah, is Truth Who made a way for us to be eternally with God now and forever. SEEK Truth.
As Paul is going around, retracing his steps so that he might encourage all the people reached with the Truth of Jesus as Messiah, he, along with his new friends and co-pastors, Priscilla and Aquila, come alongside a powerfully gifted speaker who knows only partial truth. Fortunately, he is teachable, as they relate the “rest of the story” about Jesus who paid for all sin. Read, meditate on all that is going on here in God’s passage for this morning as Paul goes to Ephesus….see what God says to you!
Acts 18, The Message
18 Paul stayed a while longer in Corinth, but then it was time to take leave of his friends. Saying his good-byes, he sailed for Syria, Priscilla and Aquila with him. Before boarding the ship in the harbor town of Cenchrea, he had his head shaved as part of a vow he had taken.
19-21 They landed in Ephesus, where Priscilla and Aquila got off and stayed. Paul left the ship briefly to go to the meeting place and preach to the Jews. They wanted him to stay longer, but he said he couldn’t. But after saying good-bye, he promised, “I’ll be back, God willing.”
21-22 From Ephesus he sailed to Caesarea. He greeted the church there, and then went on to Antioch, completing the journey.
23 After spending a considerable time with the Antioch Christians, Paul set off again for Galatia and Phrygia, retracing his old tracks, one town after another, putting fresh heart into the disciples.
24-26 A man named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was a Jew, born in Alexandria, Egypt, and a terrific speaker, eloquent and powerful in his preaching of the Scriptures. He was well-educated in the way of the Master and fiery in his enthusiasm. Apollos was accurate in everything he taught about Jesus up to a point, but he only went as far as the baptism of John. He preached with power in the meeting place. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and told him the rest of the story.
27-28 When Apollos decided to go on to Achaia province, his Ephesian friends gave their blessing and wrote a letter of recommendation for him, urging the disciples there to welcome him with open arms. The welcome paid off: Apollos turned out to be a great help to those who had become believers through God’s immense generosity. He was particularly effective in public debate with the Jews as he brought out proof after convincing proof from the Scriptures that Jesus was in fact God’s Messiah.
What we learn?
–Be teachable. God will bless your ministry.
–WOW, now this gifted speaker, with the whole Truth, will spread the rest of the story exponentially to the known world for all to hear, accept and believe.
–Jesus, is God’s Messiah! Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the LIfe, and the only way to God, the Father.
Pause and reflect on Truth. May our hearts be filled with gratitude!
Dear Heavenly Father, You overwhelm me with Who you are and why you love me, a sinner saved only by Your unconditional love, mercy and grace. Thank you for the Way, Truth and Life. Thank you Holy Spirit for staying with us, never leaving us, never letting us go so that we may live eternally with God, Father. Thank you, just thank you for men and women who were teachable then and those who are teachable now who continue to teach Truth. I am grateful. In Jesus Name, Amen