There is a critical need in our day for teachable hearts. One of the venues of ministry at New Foundations International, is finding “young Timothy’s” who are teachable, faithful, and able to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2; 3:14; Philippians 4:9). There is a problem I often face with those who have gone through Bible School or Seminary and come away with a paper degree, but without a teachable spirit. They develop an “appearance of godliness, but deny its power…always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:5-7). Where is the Spirit in this?
I want to interject here a comment made by my partner Tim as he interacts with young students in Yangon, Myanmar: “There are about 14 students, mostly in their twenties, who are very hungry for the Word. They learned and grasped the Antioch Model and Pauline strategy quickly because they have not had the traditional model ingrained in their minds.”
This was what Paul desired of the Corinthians. “And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13). The problem with many textbooks is that they are heavy on the intellectual and very light on the spiritual. Going back to our first reference, Paul says to Timothy, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men.” Faithful men are teachable men; those who let the Spirit impart what is spiritual to the heart, soul and life.
Would others say that you are teachable? This requires a consistent attitude of humility.
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