Whenever folk would ask for help learning about God, the first thing I tried to determine was if they had a ‘teachable spirit’! We, all too often, set out on a course with a destination already in mind. Not so, if we honestly want to seek His wisdom, because His wisdom will cause us to do things that aren’t always rational, humanly speaking. After all, who wants to go to ‘somewhere near nowhere’ to teach others about Jesus or give up the comforts of modern society to live in some third-world country as a missionary? It takes a teachable, obedient spirit to do that.
“The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9). If we are willing to commit, God will teach us wonderful things. “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5). This is the correct attitude we are to have if we want God’s blessings on our lives and ministries. Meekness is a scarce commodity in today’s world.
In secular college, I sat next to a fellow who didn’t have a clue why he was there; other than to ‘party’. He didn’t have a teachable spirit and within a month was a drop out. Then there are those who ask the loaded question. They ask with a preconceived answer already in mind. Regardless if your answer is from the Bible, they don’t quite see it that way! “Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way” (Psalm 25:8). And there are those who have been taught some strange things; or they were indoctrinated into a false religion. It’s often more difficult to teach these folk the true way. One has to tear down the false doctrines and the only way that can be done is through the teaching of the Spirit. Their minds have been seared with falsehood.
“What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose” (Psalm 25:12). In my encounters with others from false religions and cults, I have found most will not give you the time of day. Hence, they have turned down a moment that could have a bearing on their eternal destiny. There were a few who would guardedly listen, heard the Word spoken from the Bible, but walked on. These folk haven’t lost their teachable spirit yet! The fact they listened allows the Spirit to work within their lives.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Teach the teachable from the text that contains the truth-the Bible!