Ready to receive
Christianity means becoming a student for as long as one lives
Acts 18:24 “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.”
Please allow me to pose a question. How much does your willingness to learn affect God’s efforts to help you become all he wants you to be? One thing is certain, no matter how much you think you know about Jesus Christ there is always more to learn and understand.
Apollos was an educated man who was eloquent in speech and he was on fire for God. However, his message and understanding were incomplete. He knew about the Old Testament and the Baptism of John unto repentance so it was clear he longed to see the Messiah. The husband and wife team of Aquila and Priscilla heard this man speak and they recognized that he was serious about serving and obeying God. This couple had spent many months with Paul the Apostle so they knew they had some things to share that would change this man’s life and ministry. They took him aside privately so as not to embarrass or offend Apollos and shared with him the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was done with an attitude of love, not condemnation.
How thrilling it must have been for this man to hear that the Messiah had come and paid the price for our salvation at Calvary. I can only imagine his joy as truth after truth was revealed and scripture after scripture was brought to light.
You see, truth requires a heart that is willing to receive. Apollos possessed a humble and teachable spirit and was not ashamed to receive instruction from an ordinary couple. He who had swayed and captivated the crowds was willing to listen to and learn from a couple of tentmakers!
With so many abilities, he could have easily become proud and stiffened his neck against guidance and missed out on the salvation of his own soul. All the pieces of the puzzle fell together for this man as he heard about being born again of the water and the spirit.
I have no doubt he was eager to be baptized in Jesus wonderful name for the remission of his sins and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost as Peter and the disciples were on the day of Pentecost.
Apollos was anointed with a new energy and boldness and became a tremendous blessing to the early church for the Bible says he “mightily convinced the Jews, and that publically, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.”
The key to this story is that this man did not have a selfrighteous or a “who are you to tell me” attitude.
Friends, it ought to be clear that whatever we think we know or however faithful we have been there is always more to learn about our Lord. Sometimes that instruction can come from the most unlikely and unpredictable sources. Jesus said that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness would be filled. We live in an hour when many folk are bound by religious traditions, rituals, and dogma.
Just like Apollos, they are missing out on the spiritual truths that can have an immediate and life changing effect with regard to their soul salvation.
In closing I refer back to my original question. Is it possible that someone could expound unto you the way of God more perfectly? If you think not, then you may just be closing the door on a miracle in your life. Christianity means becoming a student for as long as we live. Before Aquila and Priscilla became teachers they were students themselves. They reached out with love and compassion to a man that was hungry for more of God and became shining examples of what it means to be a witness for Christ. Thankfully, Apollos had a heart that was willing to receive. How open is your heart today? It may just surprise you how much more God has for you to experience and understand!