You will teach me how to live a holy life. -Acts 2:28 (NCV)
I used to hate school. I’m sure many of you felt the same way. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t enjoy learning, it was that I would have rather been playing at recess. Sports and friends meant so much more to me than ‘doing my time’ in the classroom. Then something happened – I graduated high school and went to college. Finally, I could take the classes that interested me! Soon learning became a passion, not a chore. The classroom didn’t seem so drab and boring, because I knew I would walk away with some answer I had always wondered about. I still enjoyed sports and friendships, but the thrill of growing in knowledge had finally become a priority.
We have so much to learn. There’s another school God loves to put us in. It’s called the school of holiness. He wants us to grow in knowledge, but also to grow in character and in depth of person. The great student of life and godliness must come to this place of admittance – “I have so much to learn.” Pride is enemy-number-one in the school of holiness.
Being teachable is a key to personal growth. You’ve probably heard the old saying – “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” God can only teach those who are teachable. Pride, arrogance, ignorance, laziness, stubbornness and self-doubt all wage war against our teachability. But when we come to the master, with humility and vulnerability, we posture ourselves to receive and grow.
The Holy Spirit is the best Teacher there is. There is no greater Teacher than the Lord. No one matches His Wisdom, His Faithfulness, and His Patience. Recall the words of John 14:26, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I [Jesus] have said to you.” Jesus exhorts us even now to embrace the leading and teaching of the Master Teacher. Will we learn? This is the question.
Embrace the process. Learning isn’t a static principle or a one-time event. It’s a lifestyle, a series of occasions that grows us. If we will listen, God will speak. He’s more committed to our growth process than we are. He will lead us in the way we should go. We just have to be willing to listen and learn.
Question of the Day:
Am I letting God teach me how to live a holy life?