I remember reading some time ago about some young believers in China. The observation was made some years later, about who among those believers had made real progress for the Lord. The conclusion was that it was not the most gifted who went on to make an impact for God. Rather, it was the ones who were most teachable who went on to be big in the kingdom of God.
This, of course ties in with my post from last Thursday (see here) about learning. A key prerequisite for being a learning believer is to be a teachable believer. A teachable believer has a certain humility about them. They do not resent others speaking into their situation. In-fact they desire it because they want to learn.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid (Prov. 12:1). This verse gets into the heart of what a teachable Christian is, and the Colossians seem to be living the example of this living example the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace (Col. 1:6b).
When you come across a believer who is not teachable there must be sadness. Someone who has it all sorted out who always knows best is a sad character. No matter how gifted they are, a believer who will not learn is in a bad state. Oh Lord help me to be always learning.