By Mark Flattery
Today's Scripture: Acts 18:24-27
Central Thought: Open your heart to be taught by the Lord today.
There is a stereotype about American men that says they are too stubborn to stop and ask for directions when they are driving. They would rather drive aimlessly and waste time than to admit that they need help. It is because of their pride that they remain unwilling to be teachable.
Apollos was a man who attracted and demanded attention. He was from the big city. He was thoroughly educated, a passionate speaker, and a leading theologian. He was a great communicator who influenced people for the sake of the gospel. Yet, in spite of all Apollos was, he only knew of the baptism of John.
One of Apollos' greatest qualities was that he was teachable. He was willing to listen to Priscilla and Aquila as they 'explained to him the way of God more adequately.” Pricilla and Aquila were not as educated as Apollos, nor could they equal his social status. Yet, Apollos recognized that they were God-fearing people who offered him a deeper knowledge of the Lord. He placed aside his pride and learned from them.
Are you teachable? Maybe God will place a person in your life today who will explain His ways 'more adequately” to you. Will you listen with an open heart? If you do, then you, like Apollos, can be used by God for His glory.
Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord, please soften my heart and make me teachable. I desire to know You more each day.
Today's Bible Reading: II Kings 13:1-14:29; Acts 18:23-19:12; Psalm 146:1-10; Proverbs 18:2-3.