May 21, 2006

The Delight of Discovery

Acts 18:24-28

They invited [Apollos] to their home and explained ... the way of God more adequately. Acts 18:26


Apollos was a great preacher. He was bright and eloquent. His messages were accurate and dynamic. But Priscilla and Aquila knew something Apollos didn't know, so they invited him to their home and "explained ... the way of God more adequately."

Apollos may have been tempted to ignore his hosts. Great speakers are not always good listeners. But Apollos realized that these people had greater insight. So he listened and learned.

Learning is one of the great thrills of the Christian life. You not only gain fresh insights into the Bible, but you also enjoy a deeper awareness of the majesty and love of Jesus Christ through his Spirit. No one is too talented or advanced to keep learning. As long as you are willing to listen to other Christians, God will lead you to new discoveries.

Sometimes in a group discussion or in a personal conversation, we hear powerful truths we did not grasp before, and we rejoice at the discovery. At other times, God uses specially gifted communicators. Apollos, with his outstanding talent and learning, "was a great help to those who by grace had believed." Getting to know God better is always a delight, whether it happens through a powerful and persuasive communicator or through ordinary Christians.

Lord, I want to know you better. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the people you use in my life to teach me the way of God. Help me enrich others too. In Jesus' name, Amen.

About the author — David Feddes

Dr. David Feddes is pastor of Family of Faith Church and provost of Christian Leaders Institute, which supports mentor-based ministry training through online courses. David is also adjunct missiologist for Crossroad Bible Institute, which provides biblical distance education to more than 40,000 people in prison. Previously he served as broadcast minister for the Back to God radio program, reaching people in more than fifty countries. David earned his Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL. He and his wife, Wendy, have nine children (one in heaven).

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