READ: Acts 19:1-10
- Given the pluralism that is rampant in our culture, it’s surprising this isn’t a more commonly told story. These people were doing their best. They weren’t even far off the mark. In fact, they were following the one who was preparing the way for Jesus. But they weren’t following Jesus. And that was the problem. Being a disciple of Jesus means just that, being a disciple of Jesus. You can’t be a disciple of someone who is a disciple of Jesus.
- In other words, you can’t be God’s grandchild; you can only be His child. So, when Paul encounters these believers who aren’t really yet believers, he instructs them more perfectly in the way of the Lord. It’s something quite similar to what happened in the previous story only more significant. Priscilla and Aquila had taught Apollos more accurately, but he was a Jesus follower. These people weren’t.
- In the case of the misinformed, the response is to help inform them. We must always be prepared to teach those who have bad information what they need to know so they can make correct, informed decisions for Jesus. That may mean “unteaching” some things that need to be relearned differently. It takes patience and kindness on our part; it takes humility and teachability on theirs.
- Describe a time when you’ve needed to be better instructed.
- Who have you had to help with better information about Jesus?
- How have you modeled a teachable spirit in your own journey of faith?
PRAY: Thank God for those who are willing to teach us the way of the Lord. Pray that you are open to learning whatever is needed to follow Jesus well. Ask God to be patient with you as you learn.