Learning Begins with Humility
[Apollos] had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18:25, 26 ESV)
You only know what you know, and you don’t know what you don’t know.
Every vehicle I have ever driven has blind spots – areas where sight lines are hindered or blocked by the car itself.
I often caution young leaders to remain humble and teachable. Our youthful zeal can deceive us into believing that we have things figured out, when we actually have many “blind spots.”
Apollos knew what he knew – the baptism of John, which was a baptism of repentance of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.
But Apollos didn’t know what he didn’t know – the baptism with the Holy Spirit, given by Jesus to empower His followers. Aquila and Priscilla came and taught him more accurately, and it changed Apollos’ life and ministry.
What I love about Apollos is that he passionately pursued and declared what he did know, while also remaining teachable and open to receiving truth about what he did not know.
Learning begins with humility.
What might you be missing? You know what you know, but what about those blind spots?
Press in to the Holy Spirit. Not only does He desire to remind you of what you already know; He wants to reveal to you what you don’t know..yet.
I have become more aware of my blind spots. Reveal truth to me. May I always be teachable. Amen.