Still Things to Learn

Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt.  He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism.  When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately. – Acts 18:24-26 (NLT)

Apollos must have been a pretty impressive person.  An eloquent preacher…a zealous believer…well educated with regard to Scriptures…a gifted teacher…a boldness in evangelism.  If he had lived in our modern day, he most likely would have been a well-known celebrity preacher.  We probably would have watched him on TV leading a mega-church.  He had charisma.  He had influence.  I’ll bet he was even strikingly handsome.  Apollos apparently had it goin’ on.  He sure got the attention of Aquila and Priscilla.  But, he obviously had a few things still to learn, so they took him aside to help him further develop his God given skills.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  I’m glad that philosophy is not completely accurate.  There was a time in my life when people in church and religious circles told me that I “had it goin’ on.”  My problem was at that time that I began to believe them.  Unlike Apollos, I didn’t think there was anything anybody could show me or tell me.  My arrogance (pride) led to the destruction of my entire ministry and much of my life.

Thank God for allowing my experiences to bring me to humility and cleaning out the spiritual ear-wax so I could hear new things to learn about Him and His way.  Thank God for sending me lots of Priscillas and Aquilas.  Thank God for those in my life who “took [me] aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.”  

Who is it in your life who is willing to “take [you] aside?”  Is there anything left that you need to learn about God “even more accurately?”  Maybe you’re like Apollos and you may look like you’ve got it all “goin’ on.”  Maybe you’re an old smart dog, who needs a few more things to learn.  I know I do!  I’m always on the look out for  new Priscillas and Aquilas.  If that’s you….I’m listening.


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