Faith Based Friday: Teachable

June 28, 2008

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk… ~Isaiah 28:9a

Teach my heart, O GOD

If a person wants to be a great piano player, they often study under a master pianist. To be better Christians we must also study from THE MASTER – to learn from our LORD. To learn the way of CHRIST, we must be teachable.

Teachable: What it means

I heard the expression this week that there is hope for anyone who is teachable and trainable. To be teachable, a person must: have the desire to learn and having a “teachable” Spirit.

Teachable: The desire to learn

It is almost impossible to truly teach someone how to repair a headlight if the person has no desire to learn anything about Automobiles. The desire to learn surpasses mere curiosity; the desire to learn is a dedicated passion to fully immerse oneself in the subject. Desire is to crave. Do you crave GOD’s Word? Do you crave the reading and preaching of GOD’s Scriptures? Do you crave to seek GOD in prayer, to commune with HIM? Being teachable is more than merely loving GOD; Being teachable is craving to learn HIM.

Having a “teachable” Spirit

Try to teach a resilient little girl how to tie her shoe, and more than likely you will not be very successful. She may really want to learn how, but she will not learn until she decides to be teachable.

Psalm 25:9 tells the Christian how to be teachable: be humble/meek. We must stop floundering in pride. Without yielding to the teaching of our LORD, we will no more learn how to be a better Christian than a hippo can learn how to fly. Maturing in the faith means that we must go beyond our love for the LORD and yield ourselves to HIS teaching. No amount of stubbing up or stiffing up our backs will bring us into HIS presence. Pride is a form of self-idolatry. In and of ourselves, we will never become more CHRISTlike. Surrender of self tutoring must come so that we can become tutors of The LORD.

Yielding to the LORD also means application of what we have learn. I can study diligently how to install a garage door, but unless I actually go out and install a garage door, the knowledge itself is in vain. We must learn also in doing. One of my favorite sayings is ” put feet to your faith”. To become better Christians and have that deep relationship with our LORD, we must take what HE tells us to do in HIS Word and actually do it! Day after day, we must take the precious Words of our Savior and live them out. People may forget what you say, but they will never forget what you do.

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