WEEK 6: Remain Teachable (Part 1)
“But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-12, NIV)
As long as we are trapped in our sinful, earthly bodies, we will never be able to fully understand the ways of the Lord. Even if you have enjoyed a personal relationship with Christ since early childhood and you grow spiritually for a hundred years, you would still not reach a point of full understanding. It doesn’t matter who you are – whether you are a Doctor of Theology or an illiterate believer living in the slums of a third-world country – everybody, always, has room for spiritual growth.
This is a blessing that should keep us close to God, because it motivates us to continue pursuing our relationship with Him, knowing that there is always more to learn and more to discover. Unfortunately, many believers forget this along the way, and the sad part is that it mostly happens to mature believers rather than new believers. The more we grow in spiritual maturity, we are ALWAYS at risk of becoming ‘all-knowing’ and un-teachable.
As a believer, you should be able to look back on your walk with the Lord and acknowledge the spiritual growth that has taken place in your life. Part of this growth would include moments when the Lord showed you that there are actually things that you believed to be ‘truth’ (and the right way to do something or think about something) and He revealed that you were actually wrong, bringing you to a place of new enlightenment that led to growth.
Reflecting on this, are you willing to admit that even now there might be something you believe to be true, or the right way to do something or think about something, but you might actually be wrong?
Let’s remain teachable.