The Truth But Not The Whole Truth
I was sitting next to a college basketball coach. Some of the best high school basketball players in the nation had been playing in a tournament all week at a summer camp, and now it was the championship game.
With notebook in hand he especially analyzed one of the point guards. “Does multiple cross overs and drives equally well both right and left. Once drive established fakes and steps back into an efficient jump shot. Quick release. Can hit the three but takes the mid-range two when it’s a better percentage shot. Moves well without the ball. Great eye for entire court and hits open man with spot on passes.” Then he jotted down the most important observation of all—coachable.
It’s a rare jewel to find someone with incredible talent and a listening ear. Rare on the basketball court, but it’s even rarer when someone is an orator, controls their field of knowledge, and has a blue blood heritage. When Apollos arrived in Ephesus soon after the Apostle Paul had left his sidekicks, Priscilla and Aquila, behind, he had all the gifts. But would he be coachable?
“Now a certain Jew named Apollos, a native Alexandrian, a skilled orator, arrived in Ephesus. He was powerful in the Scriptures, teaching the way of the Lord, and zealous in the power of the Spirit. He was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus. But he only understood John’s baptism.
He began to teach boldly in the synagogue, and when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and taught him the Way of God more accurately. When Apollos wanted to go into Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples so they would welcome him. He did arrive and helped many who had believed by grace. He was able to vigorously show to the Jews publicly from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.” Acts 18:23-28
Priscilla and Aquila were trades people. They made tents. Apollos was a trained teacher, but here he shows a rare characteristic—a preacher willing to be corrected by lay folks. In this case his teaching was not wrong. It was only incomplete, and in tomorrow’s Devo Luke will reveal what he was lacking in his message.
LORD, help me today to be alert to the Priscilla and Aquilas you might be bringing into my life to keep me growing in teaching your Way. Give me open ears to my students, to those I’m teaching in conferences, and to our Truth Encounter family who give instructive comments about how to communicate your Truth more effectively.
P.S. That coach I sat next to at the basketball game approached the gifted guard he was critiquing, signed him, and for the next four years had successful seasons.
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