Are You Teachable?

teachableI used to think I was teachable. But in all honesty I wasn’t. My way was the best way. My opinion was the right opinion. It never occurred to me that I could actually be wrong! But oh how utterly wrong I was. After I gave my life fully and completely to Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I mean FULLY, it was then that I realized I became teachable. The Holy Spirit inside me began to become my one True North. He humbled me. Showed me where I was wrong. Allowed others to teach me. Areas that in the past I would have fought hard to maintain, I was now able to submit.

Submitting to authority was not something I would do. Ever. I was what you would call a “system buster.” Always finding a better way. Never wanting to do it the way others did it. Or as I now call it, I was entitled. I was the epitome of the entitled American. How sad that I could not see it. But, looking back if someone had told me I was not teachable I would have told them they were crazy. I love learning, always have. But that is not what being teachable means. Being teachable means looking at hard truths and really looking at them and finding out the root cause of your distaste.

Our flesh wants so badly to be on our own. Our flesh wants so badly to embrace ourselves as the true authority in our lives. Everywhere I look I see people demanding rights. Rights to marry whom they want to marry. Rights to abort whom they want to abort. Rights to change their bodies from one sex to another. The sad reality is that when I see people groping for happiness in these rights, somehow, someday, their happiness always fail. Depression sets in deeper and their upheld desires of “if only I could (have, be, do) … I would be happy” become a lesson in emptiness. The gaping hole in their life can never be filled by the things of this world. The gaping hole has a very specific shape that only One thing can fit and satisfy.

It comes back to being teachable. Taking ourselves off the thrown of self rights and seeing who the True North is. Stop shaking your fist at the Potter because you wanted to be made into something else. Look at who you are. Be teachable. Look at God. Look. Really look at who He is. Not who you want Him to be or who you think He is. Look at what He has chosen to reveal about himself in the Bible. Study it. Meditated on it. Honor it. It will change everything.