The other Sunday, Caleb spoke on having a teachable heart. He shared characteristics of those who at their core are teachable (to listen click here). This is one trait I have come to love in others; in fact, one of my favorite attributes. My father was one of the first to live out a teachable heart in front of me. He was always studying and asking questions and over the years I saw him change and grow in areas. Even as a child, he would tell me to learn from others. He would encourage me to ask questions. I admired this strength of his and have embraced his attitude on teachability.
Having a teachable heart is a shining characteristic to have:
- It is a hunger for truth instead of affirmation.
- It is being so focused on your own growth that you have little time to judge others.
- It is the willingness to learn from anyone and everyone, not putting limits on who can speak into our lives.
- It is asking hard questions.
- It is being flexible.
Maybe I am weird, but I love this! It is so good for us when we see discipline and correction as love from God and others. Proverbs 3:12 states, “For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.”
Confidence = Right, right?
Shouldn’t we be confident in ourselves? Shouldn’t we accept ourselves? We should, it is good to be confident! It is good to accept ourselves AND we have to make sure our confidence is in Christ.
“For it is we who are the circumcision –we who worship in the Spirit of God and find our joy in the Messiah Jesus. We have not placed any confidence in the flesh,although I could have confidence in the flesh. If anyone thinks he can place confidence in the flesh, I have more reason to think so.” (Philippians 3: 3-4)
In this verse, Paul was speaking of his own spiritual pedigree, religious accomplishments, and prestigious lineage, all reasons to be confident in himself, yet he is encouraging the believers to not place our confidence in ourselves (our flesh) no matter how much we have it together.
But isn’t confidence letting me know I am right?
I am not so sure. In the gospels, I am continually amazed at the Pharisees who were very confident that Jesus was a mad man, a lunatic, a blasphemous, false prophet yet they were dead wrong. They thought they were protecting their faith. They were sure of themselves. They were resolute, yet still WRONG. Jesus was constantly correcting them and sharing truth. He performed miracles before their eyes, but their hearts were too hard to see it. This is called self-righteousness, it is when our confidence is in self and what we know and that is exactly what kept them from seeing the truth.
I am not too proud to admit that if they were deceived, then aren’t we all susceptible to this deception too? If you disagree, I invite you to think again. I am certain they did not consider themselves deceived, but they were. This is sobering. We cannot simply trust in being confident. It is not confidence that validates us but instead, where our confidence is placed… self or Christ.
It is at this point, I am humbled to ask a question to the Lord…
Where am I confident but wrong?
I hope you don’t feel overwhelmed. I hope you feel encouraged to imitate Christ with all of your heart. That is really what it comes to…a heart that wants to be like Jesus. I am sure we are all doing a great job, but a teachable heart likes to double-check because it knows it has a lot to learn. So, I thought I would share the seven traits from Caleb’s message. As you read through them, I encourage you to recall the last time you demonstrated each in your life.
7 Traits of A Teachable Heart:
Acknowledges God is the source of all Wisdom – Proverbs 9:10-11
Humility – James 4:6, Isaiah 6:2
Delights in the Word – Psalms 1:1-3
Seeks Wise Counsel (A Learner) – Proverbs 11:14
Embraces Correction and Input from others – Proverbs 9:8-9
Submits to Authority and Accountable to others – James 4:7, Ephesians 5:21, Romans 13:1
Receptive to God’s Conviction and Discipline – Hebrews 12:5-6