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A Teachable Spirit

A Teachable Spirit

   Jessica Robb
   9 November 2018

Often, I ask myself, “Do I possess a teachable spirit?” Just the other day, my husband and I had what we call an “intense fellowship” moment (another phrase for an argument.) We were discussing something that I was very passionate about. My husband gave me suggestions on how to improve my idea, in which I proceeded to turn each of his ideas down. He then looked at me and said, “I am only trying to give ideas to help your vision.” I was so consumed with my own way of doing things, that I didn’t consider the thoughts and ideas of the one that God had put in my life to help me on my journey. So, I had to face the question, “Do I possess a teachable spirit?”

If you know it all, you can learn nothing. Proverbs 2:2 and 4 says, “Incline your ear to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding…; search for her as for hidden treasures.” People that have a teachable spirit are hungry for wisdom. They sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the wisdom gained from the Lord and from those whom the Lord uses. They take notes, listen intently, ask questions, and apply what they have learned to their lives.

Those that have a teachable spirit are also honest, not just with others, but with themselves. They are willing to assess their thoughts, ideas, and actions and adjust where needed. They will admit when they are wrong and make it right before the Lord. They are not afraid to be honest with themselves and where they are, which helps them to be honest with where they want to be—conformed to the Image of Christ.

In 2 Corinthians 8:21, Paul says, “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” We must be honest so that we can glorify the Lord and set an example for others.

The greatest attribute of exhibiting a teachable spirit is humility. 1 Peter 5:5 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humility means staying quiet even when right, seeking help when needed, and sacrificing oneself for others. Jesus is the greatest example of true humility. He died a sinner’s death on the cross so that we can have eternal life. When Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus, He could have had a fleet of angels save Him.
Instead, he did what his father asked of he—He died to save the world.

Do you possess a teachable spirit? Are you hungry for wisdom, are you honest with yourself, and are you humble before man? The discussion I had with my husband was a great teachable moment in our marriage. I realized that I was wise in my own eyes; without fearing the Lord (Proverbs 3:7.) Once I realized that I was operating in pride, our “intense fellowship” turned into an exciting new adventure. Be teachable today!

Jessica Robb

Jessica, her husband, and their three children live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the 'Cup team this year and the entire team can't remember what we did without her! A longtime school teacher, Jessica (AKA J-Robb), is the queen of bringing others alongside her, teaching them along the way. 

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