I can recall speaking to a co-worker who was a Human Resources Specialist in her previous life. I asked, “What is the most important consideration when interviewing applicants for the position?” And her answer really surprised me. She stated, “Are they teachable? Yes, their credentials matter, but we are looking for someone that we can mold to be highly effective in our business culture.
After reading the following Devotional this morning, self-reflection was necessary. Am I teachable?
An excerpt from the Devotional book—His Healing Love by D. Winn
God has many things to teach us–about Himself, His plans for us, His paths of blessing. Since truth is the means God uses to draw us back to Him, our response to that truth becomes an extremely vital issue. What is more, God intends to keep on telling us the wonders of His character, of the plan of salvation, and of the mysteries of nature, throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. What better preparation for heaven than to become the kind of person right now who will eagerly be open to the Divine Teacher?
Furthermore, when God knows that it is time to work on the next “round” of character development, He will find the task either easy or difficult (or even impossible), depending on whether He finds us to be teachable. Those who, like Isaiah, can say, “I was not rebellious,” will find growth into His likeness to be both rapid and accurate.
But teachableness is not something one simply chooses to wear, like a grin. It isn’t a matter of one’s casually saying, “I think that today I shall become teachable.” To be teachable means to trust the Teacher! It means trusting that he will not lead us into a life of drudgery. It means experimenting in our lives with what He has taught us, seeing that it is very good, and returning for more. It means knowing Him! D. Winn
Prayer: God, we often do not understand the trials we must endure to become teachable. We ask You for the forgiveness of a stubborn heart. Our desire is to have a responsive spirit to Your Holy Word and the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.