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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Teachable Spirit

February 8th, 2011

JOHN SHIRK – To be teachable is to be willing to learn.  With a teachable spirit, we recognize that we have room for growth and to become more fully mature. We might not be what we once were, and are thankful to God for how far He has brought us. However, we are also in process to become more like Jesus in His character.

There are some foundational qualities essential to being teachable.  It will take humility, openness to God’s instruction and counsel through His Word, and willingness to accept God’s authority over us as our Teacher.

In Luke 6:40, Jesus said, “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”  When Jesus offers lessons of faith, we are very wise to pay attention to His words.

He will sometimes speak through godly leaders to instruct us.  A teachable spirit will involve openness to the input of a pastor or an elder. First Peter 5:5 says, “Young men, in the same way, be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.”

A teachable spirit is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk


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