GodReflection: Power Words
I shudder at the thought of the times I lean more toward Satan’s word than God’s.
Un-teachable—like many sins—is easy to see in the lives of others and more difficult to spot in my own life. It is scary to read the Gospels and see that Jesus opponents were those who described themselves as the people of God. They were religious leaders. Their compass pointed to their religion rather than to God.
I want to be teachable.
In 1987, Michael Landon launched a television drama series, Highway to Heaven that ran five seasons with co-star Victor French. Every person in our world is on the Highway to Eternity. My only choice is to follow the Highway to Hell or the Highway to Heaven.
I remember participation in a committee to plan a growth retreat for a group of church planters in South America. We selected the speaker we judged would add the most value to the occasion. One of the invited workers decline to attend. I’m old enough his response shouldn’t have caught me off guard—but it did. He wrote, “What could I possibly learn from someone who is not one of us”?
If I am teachable, everyone I encounter has a gift for me.
Teachable moments created by fellow travelers add clarity to my attempt to know God.
We tend to use code language in my family. We have a way of speaking that is familiar. We often abbreviate speech by reading each other’s body language. After 42 years of marriage, I don’t come across many new speech patterns in our home.
My church family follows the same pattern as my home family. I can complete most sentences within my church family with the clue of the first four or five words. We are a rather inbred set of Christians.
I owe a great debt for teaching I receive at home and within my church family. I love my home family and my church family. My point is that being teachable means I also need to hear from those outside my walls.
Here is what I think.
When I limit teachable to my home family and church family I—like the religious leaders of Jesus’ time—run the risk of following learned traditions while I miss completely the Savior’s walk through my world.
Jesus defined truth as himself.
Jesus is God, is Holy Spirit, is Son, is Truth, gets deep quick.
My walk in this world is to discover the fullness of truth. Therefore, I want to be teachable. Teachable is a power word that guides my journey.
Another power word that guides my life is discernment—more on that on another day. Discernment allows me to be open to a wide variety of teachers. Using Scripture and the Holy Spirit as my discernment filter I can relax and be teachable.
Who knows?—by being teachable—I might get better acquainted with God.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – At GodReflection – Reflecting on Power Words.