“Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.”
“Stupid” quite a harsh word but it’s true. If you are not willing to love instruction and gain knowledge then you are a very stubborn person and just a very not willing to be taught kind of person. This whole chapter in Proverbs is about what you are if you don’t receive certain things. God is very clear about what you are if you don’t receive the instruction from Him and others. The Lord has put certain people in our lives to help build us. Take the criticism from others and the compliments. Take wise counsel from Godly believers, trust me it is beyond helpful. I have this friend that is always willing to tell me in a loving way wether I am doing good or not. For years I use to get really upset at her and not be willing to take what she said to heart and ask God to change me. This just revealed to me where I was in my walk. I have always been a super sarcastic, stubborn person but still willing if I want to, to take the correction. Growing up and having three other sibling and watching my two older ones be corrected in certain things I would take what they learned and apply it to my own life but when I was the one being corrected I would only sometimes be willing to apply it to my life. Over these past couple of months I really had to learn dependence. Depending on Christ in all things not just the things that I really need Him for but also depending upon others for spiritual guidance and practical guidance. This has really humbled me and shown me that a lot of the time people do know better than I do and it is not always my way. This falls into the category of being coachable. Christ was willing to be coached so if you are not then you are not building up Christ-like qualities. Don’t be dumb, just take whatever is said and ask the Lord to change your heart.
“Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.”
When I am sitting listening to the Word am I asking questions? Am I really taking it, and really thinking about it. Jesus here was 12 years old and He was sitting at the teachers feet asking them questions. When His father and mother came to Him telling Him that they were anxiously looking for Him He replied with “Why do you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” When people are looking for me do they find me sitting at God’s feet wanting to be about His business or do they find me being about me, myself and I. I would hope that they would see me always sitting at His feet. Jesus at such a young age was willing to be taught, trained ,and coached. He was so willing and wanting to be more about His Father. I love that it says He was listening and asking questions. It’s not enough to just listen you really need to take it to heart and think about it. And if you have questions ask. We then need to take what we learn and apply it to our lives. Not just hearers, but doers also. Be about you Fathers business and then take it to action.
“Give instruction to a wise man and he will be the wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
There is no limit to how much we can learn or how much we can be taught. No matter how smart you think you may be or how skillful you may be, you can always learn from someone or something. Pride becomes quite an issue in being taught. If you are not willing to be taught then you will never grow. If you never grow then you will never know what its like to be stretched for the better. A wise man accepts instruction and correction. He accepts it with an open heart and mind and responds with gratitude to the one who points out his error. A wise person always welcome constructive criticism; by implication he or she is also humble. Proverbs 11:2 “ When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble then comes wisdom.” So am I willing to be taught? Well, I did just spend 3 months everyday soaking up and absorbing like a sponge the wisdom from others. For years I never really had the desire to learn more about Him and His word but the Lord has really instilled in me a desire for more of Him. Now I wish I had taken all that time that I waisted being more about myself and really pored myself into Him. I feel like I have lived my life in a coma and over these past three months have really woken up and realized the importance of Him and His purpose. He is more important than anything and His work is what my life should be centered around. So am I will to be taught? Yes!
Lord, please continue to implant I’m my heart a desire for more and more of You. You are all that really all that matters. You are the beginning and the end and all that matters is what I have done for You. Lord teach me to be more about You and less about myself. Teach me to trust you in everything and to be a sponge when it comes to knowing You more.
~2 Timothy 2:2~
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others.”
Our theme for this week is teachable, trainable, and coachable. Reading this verse brings back memories of growing up doing sports. I had this coach one time that said the best athletes are those that know they are good but are still willing to be coached and take it as constructive criticism. God is my coach, He knows the future and knows how to get me there. So am I willing to be coached and am I willing to coach? Knowing that this is our last week here naturally the nerves come. Knowing that I will be teaching kids in different subjects and on the Bible I have to be will to be coached by the Holy Spirit and be willing to coach. Only through Him will I be able to do what He would have me do.