Monday, July 10 – Acts 18:24-26

Jul 9, 2023

Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was proficient in the Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was accurately speaking and teaching things about Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; and he began speaking boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God more accurately to him.

 

Have you ever tried to tell a story, only to have another person who also knew the story interrupt you and tell it differently? It’s hard to be interrupted and even harder when we find out we were missing key details or parts of the story to begin with! We may respond with, “No, that’s not how it happened!” or “Really? I don’t remember that at all.” These two responses indicate either pride or humility.

 

When Apollos shared about the Messiah from the Old Testament Scriptures, Priscilla and Aquilla realized he was missing some key details, like Jesus’s death and resurrection. So many of us in that situation would respond, “No, you’re telling it all wrong!” But they didn’t; they gently took him aside and shared what he was missing. Apollos could’ve been hurt, angry, or defensive to be shown what he was missing like many of us do when we receive critique. He might have argued, “Why should I listen to you? How dare you tell me I’m missing something: I’ve been teaching this for a while!” But he didn’t; he humbly listened to what Priscilla and Aquila had to say.

 

The key ingredient to this story is how Apollos was “fervent in spirit” (v. 22). The Spirit of God humbles us to listen and humbles us to share, both of which contribute to growing in our faith.

 

  • How likely are you to receive wisdom from brothers and sisters in Christ even when it contradicts what you previously believed?
  • When has someone given you instruction in a gracious way?
  • Pray and ask God to give you a teachable spirit to learn and receive wisdom from Him and others.
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