Daily D – Acts 18:24-26
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately. (NLT)
Three life lessons are in play in the story of Apollos:
1. Get out of God’s way.
2. Stay out of God’s way.
3. Join God on The Way.
Apollos “had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor,” (NIV). He was eloquent and powerful in his communication skills. He was also a wee bit ignorant. He did not understand what came after John the Baptist’s call to repentance and baptism. He was the kind of man who would want to know more. Priscilla and Aquila “took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.
Apollos passed the first two tests. He got out of God’s way and stayed out of his way by learning more about The Way. Apollos was a learner. The best teachers are the best learners. Keep reading about Apollos and learn how much more fruitful and effective he became as he mastered the additional truths had missed to this point. We can safely say Apollos joined God on The Way.
What do you need to know to move you into a deeper, more abiding walk with God? What do you need to know to live a more fruitful and effective life aligned and attuned with the will and ways of God?
Rick Warren likes to say “We are all ignorant, just on different subjects.” Ignorance is a removable barrier.
What do you need to know? This is the question of essentialism.
What do you want to know? This is the question of curiosity.
What do you choose to know that has no vital meaning? This is the question of trivia.
Trivia helps you win games.
Curiosity helps you win projects.
Essentialism helps you win life.
Asking God to show you the way each day should include teachability. These questions prove helpful for those who have a heart for learning and teaching like Apollos:
1. What do I need to know before I go?
2. What do I need to know as I go?
3. What do I need to know as I reflect on where I have gone and what I have done?
Experience is not the best teacher. Information is not the best teacher. Teachers are not the best teachers. Reflection on experiences lived, information gained, and wise instruction received is the best teacher.
Joining God in The Way today involves using all the brains you have and all you can borrow. Use what you know and accumulate as you go.
I will ask God to increase my knowledge and wisdom, and deepen and broaden my experience of his grace and mercy.
Our Father, what do you want me to know? What do you want me to experience? What do you want to help others learn and experience? Guide me and teach me. I open my heart and mind to you and all you want for me. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.