Be Teachable

Acts 2:42 — All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer (NLT).

I once worked with a guy who not only knew everything, but he knew how to do everything. He could tell you all there was to know about this, and he was highly skilled at doing that. It was quite annoying. Even if he had absolutely no experience in a certain field, he would argue with someone who was highly experienced in that same field. (I’m sure you’re thinking of that person in your life right now.)

He had a tendency to put his foot in his mouth, as know-it-alls often do, and he eventually lost all credibility with our coworkers and me. The sad thing about it was he was actually gifted and knowledgeable in some areas, but nobody paid him any attention because he’d proven he wasn’t trustworthy.

Know-it-alls are unteachable, and few people want to be around them, let alone listen to them. Their egos are bigger than their ability. Perhaps you have become one yourself. If so, please pay very careful attention to what I’m about to say: You don’t know everything, and you can learn something from everyone.

The Bible says in the verse above that the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. In other words, they purposed to learn everything they could from the apostles. They were not puffed up in their minds, and they were hungry for truth. They didn’t pretend to have it all figured out.

I want to encourage you today to become a life-long learner. I’ve learned many valuable lessons by watching and listening to those who are in leadership over me, and I’ve learned from the examples of small children as well. I’ve been taught what to do and what not to do. Don’t become so religious that you miss out on opportunities to gain wisdom.

1 Corinthians 8:2 — Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much (NLT).

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